Thursday 15 August 03:00 PM
This week in 1961, the first Saturn I rocket 🚀 , SA-1, arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The SA-1 mission was used to demonstrate the validity of the clustered engine concept as well as test the aerodynamic and structural design of the Saturn I booster. The dummy second stage was ballasted with 11,000 gallons of water 💧 and a dummy third stage was ballasted with 12,000 additional gallons of water. Here, the booster stage of the SA-1 is erected on the pad for its Oct. 27, 1961, launch. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center designed, developed and managed the production of the Saturn family of rockets that took astronauts to the Moon 🌙 . Today, Marshall is developing NASA's Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built, capable of sending astronauts to the Moon, Mars and deeper into space than ever before.
Image credit: NASA
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