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Saturn V rocket, 1969.


Saturn V rocket, 1969.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


This aerial view shows a Saturn V rocket on its mobile launch platform being transported from the Vehicle Asembly Building at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the launch site. This was a distance of 3.5 or 5 miles, depending on which launch pad was to be used. 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.

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