Apollo 11 Launched Via Saturn V Rocket

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    Collection: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection
    Name of Image: Apollo 11 Launched Via Saturn V Rocket

    Full Description: The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The Saturn V vehicle produced a holocaust of flames as it rose from its pad at Launch complex 39. The 363 foot tall, 6,400,000 pound rocket hurled the spacecraft into Earth parking orbit and then placed it on the trajectory to the moon for man?s first lunar landing. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished.

    Date of Image: 1969-07-16

    Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
    MIX #: 6901000
    NIX #: MSFC-6901000
    MSFC Negative Number: 6901000
    UID: SPD-MARSH-6901000
    Original url: mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=4053

    SOURCE: www.nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/nasaNAS~9~9~59990~...

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    1. mfophotos 44 months ago

      I always wanted to see a Saturn V launch. I was too far away and too poor to get there at the time. In 1999, I did see a night launch of a space shuttle, and that was pretty awesome. But nothing can possibly stack up to the "mighty Saturn V!"

    2. leafy 44 months ago

      ... I got the 5' model for Christmas one year ... probably the best gift I ever got, at least the most memorable ... And I loved how they were more senative about the language they used. For example, they switched from "blast-off" to saying "lift-off" out of respect for the first Apollo astronauts who died in a capsule fire. I wish the description above was as sensitive in its language.

    3. remyworldpeace 44 months ago

      Brilliant photo!

    4. georg.erber 44 months ago

      Nice memories

    5. anslatadams 44 months ago

      Beautiful!! I will never forget that day as long as I live! I remember Walter Cronkite saying: "The building's shaking!" as that beautiful Saturn V roared off the launchpad. Wish America could return to sending man to the moon!

    6. Boofeydog 44 months ago

      Remember it so well - it inspired me to become and engineer - this was a time when people had visions, and engineers could be engineers, and we all looked forward and outward - a time before everything had to have a short term payback.
      NASA should be very proud of that time.

    7. claren44 44 months ago

      The sight of that massive rocket taking off never fails to inspire me! Thx NASA!

    8. geocam20000 44 months ago

      Awesome photos from NASA. I would like to add that of all the government agencies, NASA has always been tops about posting stunning photos for the public to view on their main websites, and the websites of their various centers around the country. NASA's photo collection is a national treasure and they have always been great about sharing it!

    9. Cat2398 44 months ago

      Thank you, NASA! for everything ...

    10. musicalbassist 44 months ago

      Look what Humanity is capable of, brings tears to my eyes. This is one Agency I welcome paying my tax money to!

    11. cadmanof50s 44 months ago

      I remember! Thanks for posting one of the most exciting moments of my life!!

    12. gabriel_flr 44 months ago

      Outstanding and unique capture, thanks To NASA for sharing!

    13. Stephen Gromelski / www.beardedart.com 44 months ago

      I never get tired of seeing this rocket. I've watched the shuttle and countless rockets but how I wish I was here to see these go off...

    14. Peter Muks Photography 44 months ago

      I also have these Saturn 5 Rocket in my Livingroom...its so wonderfull to see it every Day....

    15. NASA on The Commons 44 months ago

      You're welcome :-)
      If you guys like this one, check out www.nasaimages.org for a ton of other Apollo 11 photos, including more launch photos.

    16. riconoz 39 months ago

      Oh wow! Thank you NASA for these simply amazing pix!!!! Much appreciated!!! :D

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