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U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter

 
 
U. S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
1. U. S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter Marker
The Jupiter missile that launched Able and Baker into space just before launch on May 28, 1959. Installation of a Jupiter missile in the West Test Stand of ABMA9 (Army Ballistic Missile Agency) Jan. 16, 1957
Inscription. America's first Intermediate-range ballistic missile (RBM), the Jupiter Rocket was an outgrowth of Redstone rocket technology. It was developed at Redstone Arsenal under the technical guidance of German rocket engineers. First test-launched in March, 1957, the Jupiter was delivered to the U. S. Air Force in August, 1958 and played an important role in preserving peace.

In addition to testing nose cone materials, the Jupiter launched two monkeynuts—Able and Baker—into space in May, 1959. Achieving an altitude of 480m (300mi), Able and Baker were the first living creatures to be launched into space and successfully recovered, helping pave the way for humans. After her retirement from the space program, Miss Baker lived out her years here at the U.S. Space & Rocket.

Length: 60ft (18.3m)
Diameter: 8.8ft (2.7m)
Weight: 108,804lbs (49353kg)
Thrust: 150,000lbs (667,233N) Velocity: 11, 455mph (18,435km/hr)
Range: 1,770mi (2,849k m)
Propellants: Liquid oxygen and kerosene
Contractors:
Chrysler Corporation (fuselage)
Rocketdyne Div., North American Aviation, Inc. (propulsion)
 
Location. 34° 42.688′ N, 86° 39.273′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can
U. S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
2. U. S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter Marker
be reached from Tranquilty Base half a mile west of Madison Pike, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armstrong Collins Aldrin (about 300 feet away); McDivitt Scott Schweickart / Stafford Young Cernan (about 300 feet away); Conrad Gordon Bean (about 300 feet away); Lovell Swigert Haise (about 400 feet away); Schirra Eisele Cunningham / Borman Lovell Anders (about 400 feet away); Shepard Roosa Mitchell (about 400 feet away); Grissom White Chaffee (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Submitted on September 26, 2016.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExplorationMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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