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Rocket Garden

The Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is home to a number of historical missiles and rockets. From left to right:


- Mercury-Atlas launch vehicle was used during Project Mercury to carry the astronauts into orbit, the first one was John Glenn in the spacecraft Friendship 7 on Feburary 20 1962.


- Mercury-Redstone launch vehicle was the first manned launch vehicle to be developed by the United States. It was used to launch the sub-orbital flights of Project Mercury, including the May 5 1961 launch that made Alan Shepard the first American in space.


- Titan II was used in the NASA Gemini program of manned space capsules in the mid-1960s. Twelve Titan IIs were used to launch two U.S. unmanned Gemini test launches and ten manned capsules with two-man crews. All of the launches were successes..


- Thor was the first in a large family of space launch vehicles - the Delta rockets. A derivative of the Thor is still in service as of 2009, as the first stage of the Delta II.


- Jupiter-C was a type of sounding rocket used for three sub-orbital spaceflights conducted in 1956 and 1957. It was designed by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, and all three flights were launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Taken on May 13, 2009