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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

433 W. Murray Ave., Durham, NC
Museum of Life and Science. North of I-85, take US Hwy 501 for about a mile, left on Murray Ave.
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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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