American Manned Space Launchers
This set of five detailed rockets portray the vehicles that launched America into the Space age. Shuttle Orbiter detaches from boosters and fuel tank. Mercury Redstone: 1960-1961 More powerful than a 747 Jumbo Jet, the Mercury Redstone lifted the first American to the edge of space. Height: 83 ft. Stages: 1 Thrust: 82,000 lbs. Payload: 3,000 lbs Mercury Atlas: 1960-1963 As powerful as six 747's, the Mercury Atlas carried the first American, John Glenn, into orbit. Height: 95.3 ft. Stages: 1.5 Thrust: 367,000 lbs. Payload: 3,000 lbs Gemini Titan: 1964-1966 More than 5 times as powerful as the Mercury Redstone rocket, the Gemini Titan teamed two astronauts together to learn how to live and work in space. Height: 109 ft. Stages: 2 Thrust: 430,000 lbs. Payload: 8,600 lbs Apollo Saturn V: 1967-1975 As tall as a 38-story building, the Saturn 5 is the largest, most powerful launch vehicle to date. This is the rocket that took Americans to the moon. Height: 363 ft. Stages: 3 Thrust: 7,570,000 lbs. Payload: 285,000 lbs Space Shuttle: 1981- At liftoff, the flagship of the modern space program accelerates to 28,000 mph and has a payload bay that can hold a school bus with room to spare. Height: 184 ft. Picture may vary Stages: 2 Thrust: 6,925,000 lbs. Payload: 65,000 lbs Each of these replica toys are about 5 inches long and made fully of plastic. The Shuttle does separate from the main tank and the boosters also detach. A great history lesson on Space Exploration in one box.
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