At one time, Apollo boilerplate BP-23 was displayed in Marshall's Rocket
Garden. It was moved to the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center (I believe some time in 2005), where it is now displayed atop the Saturn V in the Davidson Center for Space
Maps link to the former location of BP-23.
However, BP-23's sign still stands in the Rocket Garden. It reads
Apollo Launch Escape System & Command Module
This is the Apollo Launch Escape System
(LES)/Command Module (CM) boilerplate used in two successful flight tests
at White Sands, New Mexico.
These tests, one in 1964, the other in 1965, paved the way for manned Apollo
missions. The LES
is the forward-most part of the Saturn V and consists of a
nose cone Q-ball, a titanium tube tower, and a boost protective cone. The CM
is the conically shaped structure and is designed to accommodate three