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Horizon Mercury-Redstone

FineScale Modeler reviews the 1/72 scale plastic model rocket ship kit
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FineScale Modeler reviews the 1/72 scale plastic model rocket ship kit

In the early days of the space race, the Soviet Union seemed to be winning. The USSR launched the first satellite in October 1957, and on April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. America needed to act fast, and it required a rocket that was reliable and safe for human travel. Modifying the U.S. Army’s Redstone ballistic missile, NASA launched Explorer 1 in January 1958. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard rode a Mercury spacecraft atop a Redstone launch vehicle to become the first American in space.

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