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.

Wikipedia says:

“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.”


~ by tellinghistory on November 9, 2007.

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