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Saturn V

The Saturn V was a multistage liquid-fuel rocket, an expendable launch system that was used for NASA's Apollo program capsules for their journeys to the Moon.

Over 110 m high and 10 m in diameter, with a total mass of 3,038,500 kg and a payload capacity of 118,000 kg to LEO the Saturn V was the biggest and most powerful rocket ever built. (The Soviet Energiya heavy-lift booster was designed to orbit 120-150 tons, but was never flown at this capacity.) It was a three-stage rocket built by Boeing (first stage), North American Aviation (engines and second stage) and Douglas Aircraft Company (third stage).

It was the vehicle that carried the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and the Skylab station to earth orbit. A total of 15 rockets were launched fom the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The first launch was Apollo 4 on November 9, 1967.



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