Redstone Rocket Program at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center July 3

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Tourist Attraction: Redstone Rocket at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
Tourist Attraction: Redstone Rocket replica at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

CONCORD, NH – Curious about the Redstone Rocket replica that stands in front of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center? Learn more about the Redstone July 3 in two special programs.

A 7 p.m. workshop exclusively for teens will be followed by a presentation for the general public on “The Redstone Rocket: Broaching the High Frontier.” Additional offerings this Friday include the July version of “Tonight’s Sky” at 7 p.m. in the planetarium, self-guided science exhibits in the galleries, and a view through telescopes of the wonders of the night sky, guided by the New Hampshire Astronomy Club.

Originally built as a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile, the Redstone was adapted to launch the first Mercury capsules to suborbital flights, in part because it had the necessary power, but also because it was technologically developed enough to do so. Friday night’s programs will include details on how the rocket was constructed, its design predecessors, and its successors.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $7 for children under 13, free for members. Outside telescope viewing is free, pending clear skies.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.


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