The Mars Snooper became an instant classic when it was first released in 1965. Its popularity grew quickly, and it was featured on the first full-color Estes catalog the following year.
A nuclear-powered spacecraft, designed for other world research, showed the future potential of the growing space industry. It taught people that rocketry could look beyond just leaving Earth, but to turn their eyes to new worlds.
A nuclear-powered spacecraft would have incredible potential, but development has been limited. Just 2 years after the release of the Mars Snooper, the first nuclear-powered rocket engine was tested in the boom of the Space Age, but interest dwindled. They were tried and tested again, infrequently, over the decades – but real interest in nuclear rocket capabilities has returned.
The United States Space Force, DARPA, and NASA are all looking into nuclear-powered options once again.
We agree. We think it is about time to bring this idea back, bigger and better than ever.
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.)