Lot #3644
Soviet Russian N1-L3 Moon Rocket Model

The USSR's rocket rival of the American Saturn V
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Estimate: $4000+


The USSR's rocket rival of the American Saturn V

Impressive model of the Soviet N1-L3 rocket, produced by Energia Corporation, constructed of metal and resin, measuring 43.75″ tall and 8.5″ at its widest, and set on a solid 8.75″ x 8.75″ black base with plaque: “N1-L3 Space Rocket Model, Energia Space Corporation.” In fine condition. The USSR’s development on the N1 rocket began in 1959 with a view to delivering a payload beyond low Earth orbit. The N1-L3 was developed in direct competition to the American Saturn V and intended to carry a payload to the moon. It would carry the L3 lunar payload, consisting of an Earth departure stage and a lunar landing assist stage, in addition to a single-cosmonaut lunar lander and a two-cosmonaut lunar orbiter. Between insufficient funding and technical difficulties, the N1 never successfully completed a test flight; all four unmanned test launches ended in failure before first-stage separation, none lasting more than two minutes. A rare and imposing rendering of this Soviet rocket.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #607 - Ended April 22, 2021