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Are there payloads that went to orbit without a protective fairing?

Partially: Skylab (look how that turned out), Proton (the high-energy astronomy satellites, not the rocket), the MOL (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) demonstrator, and of course Mercury, Dragon (some sort ...
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Why were American Apollo-era launch towers red, and why was the reused elements of the Shuttle-era FSS painted over in grey?

Yes, you kind of did hit the nail on the head. All of the original mobile launchers including the Redstone launcher were painted red. In fact, the Redstone launcher was originally an oil derrick. For ...
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