LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Sat Nov 21 1964
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Explorer 24 & 25

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(5:09 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(5:09 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(5:09 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Scout X-4

Description:

The Scout family of rockets were were American launch vehicles designed to place small satellites into orbit around the Earth. The Scout multistage rocket was the first orbital launch vehicle to be entirely composed of solid fuel stages.

Scout X-4 rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Earth Science
  • Explorer 24 was placed in orbit together with Explorer 25 from a single launch vehicle. Explorer 24 was identical in configuration to the previously launched balloon satellites Explorer 9 and 19. The spacecraft was 3.6 m in diameter, was built of alternating layers of aluminum foil and plastic film, and was covered uniformly with 5.1-cm white dots for thermal control. It was designed to yield atmospheric density near perigee as a function of space and time from sequential observations of the sphere's position in orbit.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Pad

Space Launch Complex 5