Friday, August 11, 2006
The business end of a Saturn V rocket
The last time I saw this Saturn V rocket, it lay exposed to the elements next to the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) where Saturn rockets and nowadays, Space Shuttles are stacked for launch before being rolled out to launch complex 39. That was in the early 1980s. Happily, it was moved into a building and restored by the Smithsonian and is a reminder of just what it took to send Apollo astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can see the first and second stages of this Saturn V rocket stretching into the distance. The Saturn V rocket was 363 feet tall when topped with an Apollo spacecraft and its launch escape tower and the 5 - F-1 rocket engines you see on the left half of this image generated 7.5 million pounds of thrust to get this rocket moving on its journey to the Moon. This image was taken with the kit lens on my 20D at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/800 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 800.