Little Joe's launch vehicle was launched for the first time on Oct. 4, 1959.
The history of space exploration is rich with photos from NASA that detail the history of space travel, breakthrough propulsion systems, groundbreaking astronauts and missions, and robotic exploration. Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight, from the early days of the space race through the space shuttle era, from the years of the first rockets and satellites to the test-flight era that preceded human spaceflight, and of course beyond.
While it was never an official NASA program, FLATs helped pave the way for the first female Shuttle pilot.
A camera system is set up in the dynamic test chamber at Goddard Space Flight Center where thorough testing in a simulated space environment is the practice.
The flight crew for the X-15 which was developed to provide data on aerodynamics, structures, flight controls and the physiological aspects of high speed, high altitude flight.
An alternative energy research project, NASA and the ERDA installed this turbine at the Plum Brook Facility.
The Gimbal Rig was designed to simulate the motions of a space capsule, training astronauts to control the craft.