The Atlas LV-3A/Agena B rocket on a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States. SAMOS 3, a U.S. Air Force first generation photo surveillance satellite, aboard the Atlas LV-3A/Agena B. The rocket blows up. Smoke columns rise as the rocket catches fire. Several views of the smoke rising. Electrical towers and lines in the foreground. The launch pad as seen through the smoke. (Note:One of the pad umbilicals did not properly detach at liftoff, cutting off electrical power to the Atlas. The booster fell back through the launch stand and exploded. SLC-4E was fully repaired in only nine weeks and hosted Samos 4's launch two weeks after that.)
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