|"Miss Sam" launch cover with Goldcraft cachet, postmarked Wallops Island, January 21, 1960.|
1960-01-21 USA Little Joe 1B (Miss SAM)
Little Joe 1B mission was to evaluate the escape system designed to pull the capsule free of the rocket in case of an early abort, with the addition of testing effects on a primate under the Little Joe stresses.
The flight was normal and successful. Miss Sam was recovered by MAG-26 helo with USS Opportune recovering submerged escape tower in two pieces. (Extracted from the book "PROJECT MERCURY ...one step into space" by Donald O. Schultz)