Project Mercury Test and Launch Engineers in Front of Mercury-Atlas 1

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Project Mercury Test and Launch Engineers in Front of Mercury-Atlas 1

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Engineers in Front of Mercury-Atlas 1


Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Fla.)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
Atlas (Missile)


The engineering management team in front of Mercury-Atlas 1, an unmanned test rocket Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCFAS) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in July of 1960. This was the first test of an Atlas D booster along with a Mercury capsule. The test was a failure, as the rocket exploded shortly after launch. Photographed standing, from left to right, are Curt Johnson, Test Conductor for Launchpad 14; T. J. O'Malley (1915-2009), Test Conductor for Launchpad 11; Trav Maloy, Chief Test Conductor for CCAFS; Bill Taylor, Test Conductor for Launchpad 12; Walt Hicks, Data Analyst; and Jack Moline, Test Conductor for Launchpad 13. Kneeling, from the left to right, are Orion Reed, Complex Engineer for Launchpad 12; John Hughes, Complex Engineer for Launchpad 13; Bobby Danner, Missile Engineer for Launchpad 12; Dr. Cal Fowler (1929-2013), Missile Engineer for Launchpad 14; Ernie Baldini, Missile Engineer for Launchpad 11; Ken Wilcox, Design and Hanger Checkout; John Fox, Missile Engineer for Launchpad 13; and Bill Williams, Complex Engineer for Launchpad 14. O'Malley later launched John Glenn's (1921-) Friendship 7 rocket. Dr. Fowler later launched astronauts Scott Carpenter (1925-2013), Wally Schirra (1923-2007), and Gordon Cooper (1927-2004) into orbit.


Original color photographic print, July 1960: Private Collection of Dr. Calvin D. Fowler.

Date Created

ca. 1960-07


Fowler, Calvin "Cal" D.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color photographic print, July 1960.

Is Part Of

Dr. Calvin Fowler Collection, Florida Space Coast History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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1 color photographic print


Still Image


Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally owned by Dr. Calvin D. Fowler.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Dr. Calvin D. Fowler and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Michlowitz, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"MA-1 (8). John F. Kennedy Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Original Format

1 color photographic print



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