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Originally made by Adams Models in 1958, this kit has never been reissued until now. The Vanguard rocket was intended to be the first launch vehicle the United States would use to place a satellite into orbit.
Instead, the Sputnik crisis caused by the surprise launch of Sputnik 1 led the U.S., after the failure of Vanguard TV3, to quickly orbit the Explorer 1 satellite using a Juno I rocket, making Vanguard I the second successful U.S. orbital launch. Vanguard rockets were used by Project Vanguard from 1957 to 1959. Of the eleven Vanguard rockets which the project attempted to launch, three successfully placed satellites into orbit.

This kit included the Vanguard launch vehicle and launch tower. While no release date has formally has been announced yet, the Steven's International model distributor lists the kit for $29.98 (US).
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