A photo of the Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine—"the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fueled rocket engine ever flown"—being tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Five of them powered the first stage of the Saturn V. Watch and listen to all of them being tested—in Dolby 5.1 sound. It's amazing.
45 years ago today—on July 16, 1969—astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched to the Moon on top of the mightiest spaceship ever built. These amazing photos from NASA's vaults show how they built and launched that spaceship—I look at them in awe and admiration.
Sometimes NASA comes up with incredibly complex solutions to extremely complex problems. Other times they come up with the simplest ones. And then there's the case of how to test the stability of an entire Saturn V rocket, which is what you can see in this hilarious video from 1966.
If you think watching the launch of a single rocket is cool get ready to see all the thirteen Saturn V rockets launching at the same time. The video is composed in a single screen so you see all of them ignite and launch at once—like if it was a horse race.
I know you all loved "The Most Detailed Saturn V Cutaway" on Io9 a few weeks ago, because, of course, that was amazing. But hey, here is a little something from me to all of you, who adore her majesty.
The Saturn V is the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket humans have ever built. In 13 missions, it took 24 astronauts beyond earth's orbit, including all 12 who ever set foot on the moon, without a single loss of life. Watch in awe as its entire career launches before you.
We all have stories, as engineers, of fixing some crazy thing at the last minute right before the demo goes up. We have all encountered situations where we needed to fix something that was our fault and we needed to fix it now.
An incredible fact from a fascinating new Buzz Aldrin interview: the Saturn V was only making 7 inches to the gallon at the moment of launch. Of course, the fuel economy improves dramatically when you actually take into consideration the entire distance travelled.
Jeff Bezos isn't the only person interested in vintage NASA technology. Public and private entities alike are actively taking a second look at the Rocketdyne F-1 engines that helped notch Saturn V rockets as the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever operated—even today, forty years after the demise of the…
Standing 5.76 meters (roughly 19 feet) tall and composed of nearly 120,000 bricks this recreation of the Apollo 11 mission's Saturn V rocket is as mammoth as it is detailed. LEGO Certified Professional Ryan "The BrickMan" McNaught included every detail, down the to the LEGO NASA Astrovan used to shuttle the astronauts…
This is something that not many people have seen: A close up of the fiery engines of the Saturn V rocket starting up July 16, 1969. The eight apocalyptical minutes in HD are simply awesome.
Readers Ben Kennedy and Mike Liszka sent shots of today's launch of the monstrous Saturn V model rocket. "Model rocket" doesn't really convey the enormity of this thing, check out the gallery and video below.
Used to a thousand inane press kits announcing useless pieces of junk, I wish it was 1968. Then, I could have received this Apollo 8 Press Kit, detailing the first manned mission to the Moon.