The sign which accompanied the replica on my first visit to the USSRC. It
Used during the Apollo Lunar Landing program of the 1960s and 1970s, the Saturn
V rocket remains the largest, most powerful rocket ever built.
This full-scale Saturn V mock-up was completed in July 1999 to serve as the
focal point for the 30th anniversary celebration of the first manned lunar
landing. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center dedicates this replica to the memory
of Dr. Wernher von Braun and to the brave men and women who helped make the
dream of spaceflight a reality. The Apollo Moon program remains one of the
greatest scientific achievements in the history of the United States. Of all
the artifacts that represent the triumph and glory of the golden Apollo years,
none stands taller than the Saturn V rocket. It is an enduring symbol of the
passion, courage, and pioneering spirit of the American people.
At over 363 feet tall, the Saturn V stood higher than a 36-story building and
generated over 7,500,000 pounds of thrust at liftoff - that is enough power to
launch 40 Boeing 747s!
Saturn V Stages
The S-IC first stage of the Saturn V was
138 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter. It was powered by five Rocketdyne F-1 engines which
burned for 2.5 minutes before separating and falling into the
The S-II second stage of the Saturn V
measured 81.5 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter. It was powered by five J-2 engines which produced a
combined thrust of 1,000,000 pounds.
The S-IVB third stage was 58 feet, 8
inches tall and 21 feet, 8 inches in diameter. It was powered by one Rocketdyne J-2 engine which
produced 200,000 pounds of thrust. With the Command Module, Lunar Module, and Service
Module in place, the Saturn V assembly weighed over six million pounds.
The Saturn V was conceived and designed by a team of scientists and engineers
in Huntsville, Alabama, at the George C.
Marshall Space Flight Center working under the direction and leadership
of German rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun.