1959 Big Joe Nasa Aerodynamic Test Model

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1959 Big Joe Nasa Aerodynamic Test Model

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NASA constructs models of vehicles that go through rigorous testing before they go into production. This atlas rocket is an aerodynamic test model made by NASA in the late 1950's when 'Big Joe' was being made. The vehicle was to help launch a manned aircraft into space to orbit earth. We are lucky to acquire this one of a kind historical piece. It is very heavy and made of steel (nose cone is aluminum). Has been polished up and has some slight areas of oxidation due to age. The model would have been placed in a wind tunnel at Langley for testing. In the photo sets pictured are other models at Langley that show similar test being performed on various rockets and also a photo of 'Big Joe' on the launch pad. Measures: 33.5" H with 6.5" at its widest point.  Additional rocket next to Big Joe is a rare award listed separately.

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