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Saturn V S-II (Second) Stage Gallery


The sign which accompanied the stage when it was located in the Rocket Park. It reads

NASA Saturn V Launch Vehicle
S-II Stage

Powered by five J-2 engines, the S-II, or second stage of the Saturn V, took over when the first stage ended its burn. The S-II propelled the rocket to an altitude of 184 km (114.5 miles) and a speed of 28,000 km/hr (17,400 mph). The S-II consumed 1,294,000 liters (343,000 gallons) of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen during its 395 sec. (6.5 min) burn. When its mission was completed, the stage was jettisoned, leaving the rest of the vehicle to continue its journey.

Length: 81.6 ft (27.9 m)
Weight: 1,037,000 lbs (4,615,000 N)
Thrust: 1,125,000 lbs (5,006,000 N)
Propellant: liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen

North American Aviation
Rocketdyne Div., North American Aviation (propulsion)

The photo on the sign depicts the stage with its silver static firing skirt, a piece of ground support equipment. The USSRC has the only remaining S-II stage which is displayed with its static firing skirt.

Sign accompanying Saturn V S-II (Second) Stage at U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Time picture taken Sat Jul 27 09:51:27 2002
Location picture taken Rocket Park
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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