Saturn V (Saturn-5) was used for Nasa's late 1960's/early 1970's Apollo
Moon Programme and for the launching
Space Station in the 1970's.
height of the Saturn V with the
three stages and the Apollo Payload the Saturn V was 111 meters
(363 feet) high.
In this configuration it was the largest rocket
Apollo 8 in 1968 was the
first manned spacecraft to leave earth orbit and the first manned
The first moon landing was
achieved in 1969.
The Saturn V used three stages as the
moon rocket for Apollo. The stages were:
Stage 1 is also known as S-IC.
It was powered by five F-l rocket engines which used kerosene and liquid
oxygen (Lox) as propellants. At lift-off it produced more than 7.5
million pounds of thrust and had a burn time of 167.3 seconds. It was 42
metres (138 feet) tall and 10.1 metres (33 feet) in diameter.
Stage 2 is also known as S-II.
It was powered by five J-2 rocket engines which used Liquid hydrogen and
Lox as propellants. It was 24.8 meters (81.5 feet) in height. After the
first stage was discarded, the second stage burned for approximately six
minutes, taking the vehicle and payload to 185 kilometres (115 miles)
Stage 3 is also known as S-IVB.
It was powered by one liquid J-2 rocket engine which used Liquid hyrgoen
and Lox as propellants. The stage was 17.8 meters (58.3 feet) in height.
The J-2 engine burned for 2.75 minutes
boosting the spacecraft to orbital velocity of about 28,160 kilometres
(17,500 miles) per hour. The third stage was shut down with fuel
remaining and remained attached to the spacecraft in Earth orbit. The
J-2 engine was reignited to propel the spacecraft into translunar
trajectory at a speed of 39,430 kilometres (24,500 miles) per hour.
Apollo 4 was the first test launch of the Saturn V.
Saturn V was also used to launch
Skylab Space Station.
Unfortunately, the Saturn V was abandonned!
Did you know?
the Soviet Unions Moon Rocket. It was the Soviet counterpart of the
* We know the Soviet's
lost the moon race. Please note the Lunar 15 Orbiter was in orbit at the
time the Eagle landed. The Soviets sent a moon sample return mission to
beat the Americans. It was unsuccessful. If it was successful, the
Soviets could have said it was cheaper to use an unmanned spacecraft.
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