Model, Rocket, Mercury Redstone, 1:48

Model, Rocket, Mercury Redstone, 1:48

     

This is a 1:48 scale model of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mercury-Redstone rocket, which employed modified Army Redstone medium-range ballistic missiles. After several launches of unmanned Mercury spacecraft in late 1960 and early 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launched America's first astronaut in space on May 5, 1961. Alan Shepard, Jr., and the Freedom 7 capsule were lifted to a height of nearly 140 miles and a range of almost 600 miles in a flight lasting a little less than 16 minutes. The rocket was then used for the last time in the program when on July 21, 1961, it launched Virgil Grissom on another suborbital flight. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built this model and transferred it to NASM in 1977.

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Plastic model with wood base and wood carrying case.
Dimensions
Overall: 3 1/4 in. x 1 ft. 9 in. deep (8.26 x 53.34cm) 1:48 scale.

This is a 1:48 scale model of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mercury-Redstone rocket, which employed modified Army Redstone medium-range ballistic missiles. After several launches of unmanned Mercury spacecraft in late 1960 and early 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launched America's first astronaut in space on May 5, 1961. Alan Shepard, Jr., and the Freedom 7 capsule were lifted to a height of nearly 140 miles and a range of almost 600 miles in a flight lasting a little less than 16 minutes. The rocket was then used for the last time in the program when on July 21, 1961, it launched Virgil Grissom on another suborbital flight. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built this model and transferred it to NASM in 1977.

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Plastic model with wood base and wood carrying case.
Dimensions
Overall: 3 1/4 in. x 1 ft. 9 in. deep (8.26 x 53.34cm) 1:48 scale.

ID: A19770384000