Smoke and flames belch from the huge S-1C test stand as the first stage booster of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle

NASA – The first stage booster of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle┬áis static fired at the NASA Mississippi Test Facility (MTF), currently called Stennis Space Center.

The huge 138 foot-long rocket had five engines that develop 7.5 million pounds of thrust and launched the 363 foot-long Saturn V up to a height of 40 miles at a speed of 6,000 miles per hour.

The first stage was built by the Boeing Company at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, under the management of Marshall Space Flight Center.

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