Model, Rocket, Mercury Atlas, 1:25


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a 1:25 scale model of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Mercury-Atlas rocket. Flight testing of the Air Force's liquid-fuel Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile began in 1957, and the following year the newly-created NASA selected the Atlas D version as one of the launch vehicles for the first manned spaceflight program, Project Mercury. After undergoing several modifications by NASA, the rocket was designated the Mercury-Atlas. A modified Army Redstone medium-range ballistic missile (Mercury-Redstone) served as the launch vehicle in the two manned Mercury suborbital flights in 1961, while the Mercury-Atlas was the launch vehicle for the four manned Mercury orbital flights in 1962-1963.

The manufacturer of the model is unknown. NASA transferred it to the museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Plastic
  • Adhesive
  • Ink


  • Overall: 3ft 4in. x 8in. (101.6 x 20.32cm)
  • 3-D (Body): 87 × 19.7 × 15.2cm (34 1/4 × 7 3/4 × 6 in.)
  • Storage: 100.6 × 26 × 27cm (39 5/8 × 10 1/4 × 10 5/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

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