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 the Redstone missile, shown in its modified form as the launch vehicle for the one-man Project Mercury spacecreft launched in 1961. The spacecraft on top the vehicle is a mockup.

Development of the Redstone began in 1950 and in June 1958 it became the U.S.'s first large-scale operational liquid-propellant missile. Earlier, on 31 January 1958, a modified version of the Redstone called the Jupiter-C, placed the U.S.'s first artificial satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit. On 5 May 1961, another modied version, the Mercury-Redstone rocket, launched the first American into space, Alan B. Shepard, into a sub-orbital flight.

Transferred to the Museum from the Chrysler Corporation in 1970.

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

Gift of Chrysler Corporation

Materials

Mainly aluminum (Reynolds Metal Co.) and alloy steel

Dimensions

Overall: 756 in. long x 70 in. diameter (1920.24 x 177.8cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1958-1964

Type

CRAFT-Miscellaneous

Inventory Number

A19700333000