Rocket Row on West Side of A&I Building

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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. Four of the rockets on exhibit are: From left to right, the Jupiter C, which launched Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite; the Vanguard; the Polaris A-3, the first U.S. submarine-launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; and the Atlas, the famed Mercury launch vehicle. Note that this image has the Polaris A-3, which was substituted for the Polaris A-1 in 1967.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Original negative number is A4574, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 6

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


1967 or after

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  • Museum buildings
  • Parking lots
  • Atlas (Rocket)
  • Polaris
  • Vanguard (missile)
  • Automobile parking
  • Jupiter-C Rocket
  • Museums
  • Space flight
  • Automobiles
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Astronautics
  • Museum visitors
  • Space vehicles


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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