Model, Rocket, Jupiter C, 1:48


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Model, Rocket, Jupiter C, 1:48

Collection Item Summary:

This is a 1:48 scale model of the Jupiter-C, a four-stage rocket developed by the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency that used a modified Redstone ballistic missile as its first stage. In 1956 and 1957 it was used to launch components of the Jupiter intermediate-range ballistic missile for testing purposes. After the USSR launched the world's first satellite (Sputnik I) in October 1957, the Army placed America's first satellite (Explorer I) in orbit on January 31, 1958, using the Jupiter-C. The rocket was used several more times in the following two years to launch subsequent Explorer and Beacon satellites. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built this model and transferred it to NASM in 1972.

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Credit Line

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Country of Origin

United States of America


Wood rocket and base.


Overall: 1 ft. 5 1/2 in. long x 3 1/4 in. diameter (44.45 x 8.26cm) 1:48 scale.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

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