Mercury Atlas 9 Awaits Launch

Mercury-Atlas 9 at Laucnh Complex 14. The gantry has been pulled back, but the rocket has not been filled with propellants. (NASA)

The Air Force’s Atlas booster, a modified intercontinental ballistic missile, was used in all four orbital Mercury flights. This May 1963 photo shows Mercury Atlas 9 awaiting launch. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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