Super Mars Snooper™

(1 customer review)

Super Mars Snooper™

(1 customer review)

The Mars Snooper is the perfect powerhouse model for exploring new worlds! Take this futuristic rocket to the launch pad and take to the skies on a D12-5 to soar up to 800 feet!


Availability: In stock

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The Mars Snooper was originally released in 1965 and earned the cover of the first ever, full color Estes Catalogue in 1966! We stayed true to the original in every way that matters. It is an Expert build, as was the original. It’s large, like the original, and we made it even a little larger. The sleek and futuristic design was ahead of its time in 1966, even the concept of a nuclear-powered rocket was novel and barely discussed – we made sure to stay true to that. A nuclear powered rocket would be able to remain in space for years, maybe decades, but in 1966 a nuclear powered rocket was merely an exercise in fantasy. Today these technologies are being proven and developed. With this rocket, Estes looked to the future and dreamed of the rocket technology the world would see as the decades went on. It was envisioned as a research vessel, an unmanned probe that would do exhaustive research on one of moons of mars, Diemos. The model stands well over 2 feet tall, and it flies to 400 feet on a C11-3.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, wax paper, sand block, yellow glue, medium CA glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (black, blue, white) and clear coat (optional). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).



Projected Max Altitude

800 ft. (244 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute


29 in. (73.7 cm)


1.33 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

4.5 oz. (127.6 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

3-4 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size

3/16" Maxi Rod (sold separately)

Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

1 review for Super Mars Snooper™

  1. Andrew Kleinhenz

    I have built most if not all of the master/expert level kits from Estes. This turned out to be a really satisfying build and requires skill. The finished product is impressive and I am looking forward to its first launch.
    The two issues I see are:
    1) The main body tube is short. Meaning your chute packing etc. WILL be charred if you don’t use wadding properly. I suggest a more durable shock cord like longer Kevlar. The rubber will break on the first or second launch.
    2) I am sorry to say this, but the instructions are junk. In one place they have you cut out a template that if done, will ruin steps not yet completed on the back of the page. READ AHEAD and note what to do before cutting out the tube marking template.
    Estes makes GREAT kits. But they really need to invest in proper instructions that kids of all ages need to READ, or at least actually use language that reduces ambiguity. Great kits but the instructions (on this kit and all kits) are poor.
    This is just my input. This kit is great! However, if one is less experienced, I can see where the instructions would be a source of frustration. If you are new to this level of building, GO SLOW.

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