National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Saturn V

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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.

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Launch Vehicle


Saturn V

Configuration: V
Family: Saturn

The Saturn V was a human-rated expendable rocket used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. Most notably, the Saturn V took the Apollo program to the Moon. It still remains the world's tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and is the only launch vehicle to take humans beyond LEO.

Vehicle Specifications


Saturn V
GTO: None
LEO: 140000
Length: 110.6 m
Diameter: 10.1 m
Launch Mass: 2970k kg
Thurst: 35100 kN
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Human Exploration


Apollo 6 was intended to send a Command and Service Module (CSM) plus a Lunar Module Test Article (LTA), a simulated Lunar Module (LM) with mounted structural vibration sensors, into a translunar trajectory. However, the Moon would not be in position for a translunar flight, and the Service Module engine would be fired about five minutes later to slow the craft, dropping its apogee to 11,989 nautical miles (22,204 km) and causing the CSM to return to Earth, simulating a "direct-return" abort. On the return leg, the engine would fire once more to accelerate the craft to simulate the nominal lunar return trajectory with a re-entry angle of -6.5 degrees and velocity of 36,500 feet per second (11,100 m/s). The entire mission would last about 10 hours.

Launch Window


NET: April 4th 1968 - 12:00 UTC

Open: April 4th 1968 - 12:00 UTC

Close: April 4th 1968 - 12:00 UTC

Watch the Launch




Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL