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The REDSTONE was a highly accurate, liquid propelled, surface-to-surface missile capable of transporting nuclear or conventional warheads against targets at ranges up to approximately 200 miles. The Chrysler Corporation received the first industrial contract for the REDSTONE missile on 15 June 1955. First deployed in 1958, the REDSTONE was the forerunner of the JUPITER missile and was also used as the first stage in the launch vehicle used by the Army to orbit America's first scientific earth satellite, Explorer 1. With the deployment of the speedier, more mobile PERSHING missile system. In 1964, the REDSTONE missile system began being phased out as a tactical Army missile system. It was ceremonially retired at Redstone Arsenal on 30 October 1964.


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