Rockets and Missiles

The rocket, a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally, has been around for almost a millennium since its invention in China. But the twentieth-century saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Rocket-powered vehicles were developed for two primary purposes: spaceflight and weaponry. Guided missiles also appeared in the mid-twentieth century with air-breathing propulsion systems, and these are included in the National Air and Space Museum’s Rockets and Missiles collection. Among its highlights are: the world’s best collection of artifacts from American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an extensive collection of German World War II missile and rocket artifacts, a large number of American Cold War missiles and launch vehicles, and rocket engines from small thrusters to a gigantic F-1 motor from the Saturn V Moon rocket.

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  • Model, Rocket, M44 Ramjet
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Gift of NASA's Lewis Research Center
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Missile, Matador, 1:30
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Gift of NASA's Lewis Research Center
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Rocket, Rocket Boost Ram Jet
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Gift of NASA's Lewis Research Center
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Rocket, 24M Ramjet
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Gift of NASA's Lewis Research Center
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Cutaway, Injector, Rocket Engine, M-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Transferred from NASA/, Lewis Research Center
    Date: ca. 1966-1968
    Type: MODELS-Propulsion
  • Rocket Motor, Ion Thruster, Mercury Bombardment Type, 8 centimeter, SERT
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: NASA, Lewis Research Center
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Type: PROPULSION-Miscellaneous