National Geographic : 1964 Mar
FOUR-NOZZLED ESCAPE ROCKET hurls aloft an unmanned test version of the Apollo capsule at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Last November's flight test evaluated the system that would free the three-man lunar team from their Saturn booster should an emergency arise during countdown or lift-off. 388 BLAST JETTISONS the escape tower from the capsule at 5,100 feet. The capsule tumbles earthward until a drogue para chute (not shown) slows and stabilizes it. Black dots and red square on the capsule help photographers track it in flight. M AIN CHUTES, blossoming from the nose section of the capsule, slow the craft to a 16-mile-an-hour impact speed. NASA officials termed the test highly successful. "The vehicle did exactly the things we expected," they declared.