This type of rocket was first launched on September 19, 1956. On January 31, 1958, a Jupiter C orbited the first United States satellite, Explorer I. This rocket is 67 feet long and weighs 22,000 pounds stripped of its internal equipment. Replaced by other types of rockets in 1963, the Jupiter was an important step in the evolution of the Saturn V “moon rocket.”
Due to its size, this piece is on display outside the museum near the southeast corner of the building and can be viewed from the ground along the rail walk or while on the Gainsboro bridge.
Donated to the museum by the City of Roanoke. It was originally loaned and then donated to the city by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.