Rocket, Liquid Fuel, Redstone, with Mercury Spacecraft Mockup

This is the Redstone missile, shown in its modified form as the launch vehicle for the one-man Project Mercury spacecreft launched in 1961. The spacecraft on top the vehicle is a mockup.

Development of the Redstone began in 1950 and in June 1958 it became the U.S.'s first large-scale operational liquid-propellant missile. Earlier, on 31 January 1958, a modified version of the Redstone called the Jupiter-C, placed the U.S.'s first artificial satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit. On 5 May 1961, another modied version, the Mercury-Redstone rocket, launched the first American into space, Alan B. Shepard, into a sub-orbital flight.

Transferred to the Museum from the Chrysler Corporation in 1970.

Gift of Chrysler Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Chrysler Corporation, Michigan Army Missile Plant

Date
ca. 1958-1964

Type
CRAFT-Miscellaneous

Materials
Mainly aluminum (Reynolds Metal Co.) and alloy steel
Dimensions
Overall: 756 in. long x 70 in. diameter (1920.24 x 177.8cm)

This is the Redstone missile, shown in its modified form as the launch vehicle for the one-man Project Mercury spacecreft launched in 1961. The spacecraft on top the vehicle is a mockup.

Development of the Redstone began in 1950 and in June 1958 it became the U.S.'s first large-scale operational liquid-propellant missile. Earlier, on 31 January 1958, a modified version of the Redstone called the Jupiter-C, placed the U.S.'s first artificial satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit. On 5 May 1961, another modied version, the Mercury-Redstone rocket, launched the first American into space, Alan B. Shepard, into a sub-orbital flight.

Transferred to the Museum from the Chrysler Corporation in 1970.

Gift of Chrysler Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Chrysler Corporation, Michigan Army Missile Plant

Date
ca. 1958-1964

Type
CRAFT-Miscellaneous

Materials
Mainly aluminum (Reynolds Metal Co.) and alloy steel
Dimensions
Overall: 756 in. long x 70 in. diameter (1920.24 x 177.8cm)

ID: A19700333000