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Model, Rocket, Mercury Redstone, 1:48

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a 1:48 scale model of the Mercury-Redstone, the launch vehicle for Project Mercury's suborbital missions. The Army's Redstone medium-range ballistic missile was selected in 1958 as the launch vehicle for these flights. It was modified in several respects and was designated the Mercury-Redstone. After several launches of unmanned Mercury spacecraft, the rocket 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 used once more on July 21, 1961, when it launched Virgil Grissom on another suborbital flight. The model was built by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which transferred it to NASM in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Mercury-Redstone 1:48 Scale

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Credit Line

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Materials

Plastic.

Dimensions

3-D: 8.3 × 8.3 × 53.3cm (3 1/4 × 3 1/4 × 21 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19720995000