November 9, 1967 – first launch of U.S. Saturn V rocket
The first U.S. launch of the Saturn V rocket took place on November 9, 1967. The Saturn V rocket was the largest launch vehicle ever constructed.
“It was also the first launch from Launch Complex 39 specifically built for the Saturn V. As well as being the first launch of the S-IC first stage and S-II second stage, it would also be the first time that the S-IVB third stage had been restarted in Earth orbit and the first time that the Apollo spacecraft had reentered the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds approaching those of a lunar return trajectory. Because of all these firsts there were 4,098 measuring instruments on board the rocket and spacecraft.”