Atlas and Titan rockets at the NYSCI center – Corona Park, Queens, New York

rockets in queens

So strange to see these once cutting-edge pieces of US technology sat next to a kids playground in Queens – there were even birds nesting in the Atlas rocket!

Both of these rockets were actually ICBMs (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile) – designed to carry a nuclear warhead to Russia and kill hundreds of thousands of people.. chilling – but here they were used to get America’s first man into space.

John Glenn became America’s first man in space aboard the Atlas rocket and it’s amazing to see them firsthand – basically a man in a tiny, metal pod on top of a barely-controlled explosion.

Incredible bravery especially when you consider that the Atlas rocket program was pretty disastrous in the beginning..

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