Rocket garden


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Rocket Garden in 2004.

A rocket garden is a display of missiles, sounding rockets, or space launch vehicles usually in an outdoor setting. The proper form of the term usually refers to the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.[1]

With rare exceptions, rockets are expendable, so rockets in displays have not been flown. As in the case of the Saturn V,[2] later planned missions were cancelled, leaving unneeded rockets for the museums. For displays of early American space hardware, such as Project Mercury and Project Gemini, surplus missiles have been painted to look like manned space launch vehicles. Engineering test articles (such as the Pathfinder Space Shuttle stack in Huntsville) or purpose-built full-scale replicas are also displayed in rocket gardens.

Examples of rocket gardens


See also


  1. ^ "Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden Archived 2010-06-28 at the Wayback Machine." Kennedy Space Center. Retrieved on 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden." Kennedy Space Center. Retrieved on 9 January 2012.

External links

  • Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden
  • United States manned space boosters on display from A Field Guide to American Spacecraft