J-2 Rocket Motor in the Space Gallery, Science Museum, London, c 1995.

J-2 Rocket Motor in the Space Gallery, Science Museum, London, c 1995.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

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When studies indicated that the Saturn I rockets were infeasible for a lunar mision, NASA decided to develop the masive, 3-stage Saturn V. As an intermediate measure the Saturn IB was developed, using the new S-IVB as the second stage powered by a single J-2 engine. The Saturn V however used a second stage (S-II) powered by five J-2 engines, operating for six minutes, and an S-IVB as the third stage, which was fired twice during each mision and then sent into orbit around the Sun.

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