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Apollo 5

Saturn IB

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Apollo 5

Type: Human Exploration

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.


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Launch Complex 34

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

889 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA


Saturn IB – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Family: Saturn
  • Length: 43.2 m
  • Diameter: 6.61 m
  • Launch Mass: 590 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 21000 kg

The Saturn IB was manufactured by National Aeronautics and Space Administration with the first launch on 1966-02-26. Saturn IB has 9 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. 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 – NASA

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: NASA
  • Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson
  • Founded: 1958
  • Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
  • Spacecraft: Orion
  • Country: USA

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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