Durham, North Carolina: Mercury-Redstone Rocket Replica

In front of the Museum of Life and Science stands an 83-ft. tall replica of the rocket and capsule that carried the first American into space.

Museum of Life and Science

Address:
433 W. Murray Ave., Durham, NC
Directions:
Museum of Life and Science. North of I-85, take US Hwy 501 for about a mile, left on Murray Ave.
Admission:
Free to see rocket.
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Mercury-Redstone Rocket Replica

This is not a replica. It is an actual Redstone A-6 rocket. Alan Shepard was shot into space on the longer A-7. Go inside the NC Museum of Life and Science for the rest of the aerospace exhibit, including the hatch off of John Glenn's Friendship 7 spacecraft.

[Jim Nuss, 06/18/2017]

It's a leftover Redstone missile from Alabama, later outfitted to look like the rocket that Shepard rode into space. It's a real Redstone missile, but a replica Redstone Mercury rocket.

Rocket replica.

Mercury-Redstone Rocket Replica

We found this replica of the Mercury-Redstone rocket in Durham, NC at the Museum of Life and Science. This is the same place you'll find the Old Brontosaurus/Dinosaur Trail. It is in front of the museum.

[Thai, 01/11/2011]

The replica is 83 ft. tall -- the plaque notes "this type of rocket was a military missile modified to carry a person into space."

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In the region:
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