Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 4w x 5h; Type of Image: Exterior; Exhibit; Medium: Color Transparency
United States of America, Washington DC, Washington DC
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.
"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.