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55 Years Ago – The Saturn V Mega-Rocket Flies for the First Time

Posted by Guy Pirro 11/11/2022 04:40PM

55 Years Ago – The Saturn V Mega-Rocket Flies for the First Time

Fifty five years ago, on November 9, 1967, the first Saturn V rocket, carrying the unmanned Apollo 4 spacecraft, launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Scientists calculated that the noise created by the launch was one of the loudest ever on Earth, natural or man-made. The vibrations rattled the press site several miles away as the rocket cleared the launch tower. The mission objectives included testing of structural integrity of the mega-rocket, the compatibility of the rocket and Apollo spacecraft, heat shield and thermal seal integrity, overall reentry operations, launch load and dynamic characteristics, stage separations, rocket subsystems, the emergency detection system, and mission support facilities and operations. All mission objectives were achieved. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center designed, developed, and managed the production of the Saturn family of rockets that eventually took astronauts to the Moon in 1969. Today, Marshall is developing NASA's Space Launch System (or SLS, sometimes referred to as a “Saturn V on Steroids”), the most powerful rocket ever built, capable of sending astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and deeper into space than ever before.


From time to time in various amateur astronomy forums as well as on some (conservative) websites, you'll read America has lost the technology to create a rocket that can return a man to the moon. I guess they never heard of the Artemis program. Anyhow, the explanation is that while America doesn't have the same technology that we had back in the days of the Saturn rocket, it's not because "we've lost it" but, rather, it's because nobody happens to keep a spare Saturn rocket in a hangar somewhere or anywhere. We now have more advanced technology that can propel humans further into the solar system but the inane notion that we somehow lost the technology to return a man to the moon still persists...