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    NERVA Nuclear Rocket Engine Contractor's Model. A magnificent metal model, 10.5" tall on a 5" wooden base with an engraved brass plate, "NERVA". This project, Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application, was a cooperative effort between NASA and the Atomic Energy Commission to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion rocket that would be viable for space exploration, particularly a manned journey to Mars. Developed by the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories, Westinghouse, Aerojet, and others, it was actually a highly-successful project. Despite backing by von Braun and others for a Mars mission using Nerva, it lost out in the space funding cuts of the 1970s. Interesting to wonder what might have been. Extremely rare, only a handful of these were ever made. Fine condition.

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    November, 2012
    2nd Friday
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