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Detail of the S-IVB's hydrogen tank wall, just aft of the forward skirt.

In this view, the mount points for the auxiliary tunnel are clearly visible. Also, I assume that the two distinct circles visible through the scaffolding, plus the to circles partially obscured by the right and left vertical beams, are the mount points for the cold helium sphere mass simulators.

This is S-IVB-D, the dynamic test stage. If this were a flight stage (or even a more flight-like testing stage), I would have expected to see the cold helium line running from the auxiliary tunnel to the forward skirt. However, the Model Specification, Saturn S-IVB-D Stage reveals that each cold helium sphere on that stage is simulated with a "dummy mass," so the stage lacks the plumbing associated with the propellant pressurization system.

Time picture taken Sat Aug 27 18:05:33 2005
Location picture taken Rocket Park
US Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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