Monday, June 18, 2007

Exhibit Profile: Saturn V Launch Gantry

Saturn V

Saturn V was made up of four separate sections - three parts engine and one part brain that controlled it.
  • Stage 1: Five huge F-1 engines took the rocket 42 miles above the Earth in 2.5 minutes consuming 3 tons of kerosene and liquid oxygen every second.
  • Stage 2: Five smaller J-2 engines, using liquid hydrogen, burned for 6 minutes to accelerate Saturn V to 15, 000 miles per hour and reach the upper atmosphere, 108 miles in altitude.
  • Stage 3: A single J-2 engine burning liquid hydrogen pushed the rocket into low Earth orbit, then fired again and accelerated the spacecraft out of Earth's orbit to the moon.
  • Instrument Unit: This unit housed the rocket's instrumentation and computers, pre-programmed flight commands, and steering unit.

Experience the lift-off of Saturn V for yourself, every 15 minutes the astronauts and mission control run through procedures and you can feel the rumble of the Saturn V leaving Earth.

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