Saturn IB
Apollo 5

Saturn IB | Apollo 5

National Aeronautics and Space Administration launch of a Saturn IB Rocket

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration was scheduled to launch a Saturn IB rocket as part of the Apollo 5 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Mon, Jan 22nd, 1968, 5:48 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Saturn IB and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Apollo 5

The Apollo 5 mission tested the Lunar Module in a space environment, in particular its descent and ascent engine systems, and its ability to separate the ascent and descent stages. The descent engine would become the first throttleable rocket engine fired in space.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Saturn IB

The Saturn IB (pronounced "one B", also known as the Uprated Saturn I) was an American launch vehicle commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Apollo program. It replaced the S-IV second stage of the Saturn I with the much more powerful S-IVB, able to launch a partially fueled Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) or a fully fueled Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit for early flight tests before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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