at Complex 17, pad B
It is December 21st of 1963, and final preparations are being made to launch
the TIROS-8 mission: a Delta B carrying a TIROS H satellite. TIROS (Television
Infrared Observation Satellite) was a meteorological satellite manufactured by
RCA that carried low-resulution television and infrared cameras for weather
observations. This particular TIROS was placed in a polar orbit, and returned
over 100,000 cloud cover images while it was on station.
Note that Delta is
sometimes referred to as Thor Delta. The Thor Delta was a modification of the
Thor Agena vehicle, and its derivatives were usually simply called
"Delta" (as in "Delta A", "Delta B", etc.).
|Delta B specifications
||1 Rocketdyne MB-3-1
||1 Aerojet AJ10-118D
||1 Thiokol X-248