Visnews filmed America's latest lunar-probe four-stage rocket sitting on its launching pad at Cape Canaveral recently in readiness for a shot at the moon.
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Background: Visnews filmed America's latest lunar-probe four-stage rocket sitting on its launching pad at Cape Canaveral recently in readiness for a shot at the moon.
Sensitive equipment, including two geiger counters, two radios and several other items, was given a final check-over before being stowed away in the last stages which is about 15 lb in weight and 4 feet tall, gold and black with vertical grooves.
This proves, Juno 2, has a maximum speed of 24,900 mph. It can cover the quarter of million mile journey to the moon in about 33 hours.
Juno 2's take-off was postponed Monday Morning, MARCH. For a further 24 hours, after a technical 2 hitch within 15 minutes of take-off.
The first attempts at launching a moon rocket by the US Army failed when a wrongly-set valve prematurely burn out, Dec 11. It travelled 66,654 miles from Earth before falling back and burning up several hundred miles above Timbuktu. French West Africa. It was later determined that June 1 was travelling at one per cent below the velocity necessary to carry it to the moon.
An earth satellite rocket was launched Feb 28 from Vandenberg Air Base, California. This satellite was to have orbited over the poles. Radio contact was lost and it's not known whether the instrument package is circling the earth.
Russia was more successful within a month of this failure, putting a rocket close to the moon and then on to circle the sun.