A Quick Escape
For any rocket launch, failure is always a possibility. What would happen to
the crew if the Saturn V failed? Different abort modes were designed for the
various phases of ascent. None were ever used.
Background image: The Apollo Launch Escape System (LES) undergoes a test a
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, 1965. The LES was designed to propel
the Apollo Command Module (CM) away from the Saturn V in an emergency on the
pad or during initial ascent.
LES Pitch Control Motor
The Apollo LES contained three solid-rocket motors:
The Launch Escape Motor pushed the CM out of the path of the Saturn V.
The Pitch Control Motor (on display) directed the CM out over the Atlantic.
The Tower Jettison
Motor helped remove the LES from the CM to make way for the capsule's