Saturn V rocket under floodlights, 1969.
© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society
This spectacular picture shows a Saturn V rocket on its mobile launch platform at the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The three-stage Saturn V was the largest rocket ever built. Each Saturn V contained 3 million separate parts, was over 100 metres tall, weighed some 3000 tonnes at launch and its first stage engines produced a thrust of 7.5 million pounds. It was developed after studies indicated that the Saturn I rockets were unfeasible for a lunar mision. The Saturn V had a 100 % launch succes rate and was used on all the Apollo misions to the Moon.