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Plaque at base of commemorative monument.
Brush surrounding commemorative monument.
Monument commemorating the landing of the nose cone from a Thor missile, one of the early rockets sent into space in 1959.

This site near the Mayaguana Airport in Abraham's Bay was once the home of a U.S. military base and former tracking station built in the 1950s, along with a 10,000-foot runway. The tracking station was used to help keep astronauts on course in the early days of the U.S. space program. It has been closed for many years and all that remains are abandoned buildings that keep company with rusted old DC-3s that crashed or were abandoned. Much of the runway is overgrown, but 5,300 feet is still usable and now functions as the island's only airport.

A small monument commemorates the landing of the nose cone from a Thor missile, one of the early rockets sent into space in 1959. It was successful in its mission to capture the first color photographs of the Earth from outer space. The data capsule containing the camera was recovered on a beach in Mayaguana, approximately 1,700 miles from its launch point.

Following are the particulars:

Launch Date: December 1, 1959
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Retrieval Date: February 16, 1960
Retrieval Location: Mayaguana Island, Bahamas    
Model Designation: Thor DMISA Missile
Programme: 10C
Vehicle Serial number: 254

Hours Open: Sunrise to Sunset

Time Period Represented: Mid 19th Century

Seasons Open: Year Round

Visitor Fees: None

Accessibility Notes

The area is accessible by vehicular traffic up to a certain point. At the end of the path, you will have to climb up to the point.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed.

For More Information, Contact:

Administrator's Office-Mayaguana
General Delivery, Abraham's Bay, MG
(242) 339-3100 · fax (242) 339-3078

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 22.379758000
Longitude: -73.012587000
Elevation: 19 FT (6 M)
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