Model, Rocket, Saturn I with NERVA Upper Stage, 1:48 scale


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 1:16 scale model of NASA's Saturn 1 rocket with a NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) upper stage. NASA worked with the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the engine for long-duration crewed missions to Mars. It underwent successful ground testing but was never flight tested or flown in an actual mission.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center built the model and donated it to the museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Plastic
  • Steel
  • Lead
  • Paint
  • Felt


Overall: 119.4 x 15.2cm (3ft 11in. x 6in.)

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