Rocket Row

ID: 73-7185

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Exterior

Date: 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009

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"Rocket Row" along the west side of the Arts and Industries Building before the National Air and Space Museum was built. The four missiles on exhibit are: From left to right, the Jupiter C, which launched Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite; the Vanguard; the Polaris A-1, the first U.S. submarine-launched ICBM; and the Atlas, the famed Mercury launch vehicle. Cars are parked in the parking lot and Independence Avenue can be seen in the background.


  • Rocket Row
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • South Yard


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


This photo was taken at some point in or after 1961 when the last two rockets, Polaris A-1and Atlas, were acquired, but before the Polaris A-1 was swapped for the Polaris A-3 in 1967.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Museum buildings
  • Ballistic missiles
  • Polaris (missile)
  • Vanguard (missile)
  • Grounds
  • Space flight
  • Mercury (missile)
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Astronautics
  • Missiles
  • Space vehicles


  • Washington DC
  • United States of America


  • Exterior
  • Transparencies

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 4w x 5h; Type of Image: Exterior; Exhibit; Medium: Color Transparency

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