Atlas D missile 7D is seen, at night, on pad LC-14 At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, ready for a suborbital test. Camera tracks it through lift off and through thin cloud layer. At TC: 00:54, screen goes dark. At TC: 01:02, camera picks up rocket flame again, as it passes through some cloud. The missile seems to be falling at this time. At TC: 01: 47, it explodes in a fireball and disappears. (Note: Reportedly, this launch failed due to a malfunction of one of the hold-down arms on LC-14 which damaged plumbing in the missile and allowed helium pressure gas to escape during ascent. The common bulkhead between the propellant tanks collapsed after the pressure difference between them became too great. Also notable because the Mercury astronauts were invited to watch the launch.)
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