YESTERDAY, AT WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO, THE SOLID-FUEL "LITTLE JOE II" ROCKET WAS FIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Showing the firing of a solid-fuel "Little Joe II" rocket to an altitude of 24-thousand feet over the desert at White Sands, New Mexico yesterday (29 August).
The firing was the first test flight in the Project Apollo Moonshot program The "Little Joe" is a booster rocket to be used for power on the escape system of the first U. S. space ship bound for the moon.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials pronounced the "Little Joe" system satisfactory even though an attempt to destroy the rocket in flight failed. It came to earth about nine miles from the launching point.
The Little Joe II shot is the first of five NASA tests scheduled at the range over the next two years at a cost of 20-million dollars.
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Background: YESTERDAY, AT WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO, THE SOLID-FUEL "LITTLE JOE II" ROCKET WAS FIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME.THE ROCKET, WHICH REACHED AN ALTITUDE OF SOME 24,000 FEET, IS PART OF THE PROJECT APOLLO PROGRAMME WHICH PLANS TO PUT A MAN ON THE MOON WITHIN THE DECADE.
THE "LITTLE JOE II" IS A ROOSTER ROCKET TO BE USED FOR POWER ON THE ESCAPE SYSTEM OF THE FIRST U.S.SPACESHIP BOUND FOR THE MOON.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) OFFICIALS PRONOUNCED THE FIRING SATISFACTORY, ALTHOUGH AN ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE ROCKET IN FLIGHT FAILED.IT CAME TO EARTH ABOUT NINE MILES FROM THE LAUNCHING POINT.
THE "LITTLE JOE II" SHOT YESTERDAY WAS THE FIRST OF FIVE NASA TESTS SCHEDULED OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS AT A COST OF 20 MILLION DOLLARS.