Cold War Spy Station

Former NASA scientist David Baker tells the fascinating story of the USAF’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory project

A Titan IIIC rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral on November 3, 1966 carrying a mock-up of the MOL with the Gemini 2 spacecraft. (USAF)

Thunder reverberated across Cape Canaveral, Florida just before 9am on November 3, 1966 when the twin solid rocket boosters of a massive Titan IIIC rocket carrying a mock-up of America’s first military space station, climbed away from Launch Complex 40.

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