National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Saturn IB

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Successes: 153 Failures: 2 Pending: 2

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Launch Vehicle

Saturn IB

Configuration: IB
Family: Saturn

Vehicle Specifications

Saturn IB
GTO: None
LEO: 21000
Length: 43.2 m
Diameter: 6.61 m
Launch Mass: 590k kg
Thurst: 7100 kN

Human Exploration

The Apollo 5 mission tested the Lunar Module in a space environment, in particular its descent and ascent engine systems, and its ability to separate the ascent and descent stages. The descent engine would become the first throttleable rocket engine fired in space.

Launch Window

NET: January 22nd 1968 - 22:48 UTC

Open: January 22nd 1968 - 22:48 UTC

Close: January 22nd 1968 - 22:48 UTC

Watch the Launch

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, FL