Rockets.

Restored World's Fair Rockets

Field review by the editors.

Queens, New York

This small patio area was originally named "United States Space Park" and had a number of exhibits, including a lunar lander, an X-15 rocket plane, and a Thor-Delta satellite-launching rocket. Most of the exhibits were carted away after the Fair, and those that remained were allowed to rot for 40 years.

In 2004, however, they were restored, and now visitors can admire pristine Titan II and Atlas rockets, topped with their Gemini and Mercury capsules, and consider how insane the astronauts must have been who rode these things into orbit.

Also see: 1964-65 New York World's Fair

Restored World's Fair Rockets

Flushing Meadows Park

Address:
111th St., Queens, NY
Directions:
Flushing Meadows Park. By subway: #7 train to 111th St. in Queens. Walk downhill on 111th St. (south) for four blocks. Just after you cross under a bridge, you'll see the rockets to the left; you can cut diagonally through the parking lot to get to them. Next to the Hall of Science.
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