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Five F-1 Engines and Dr. von Braun

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NASA provides information about the F-1 engine which powered the Saturn V rocket used to send Apollo missions to the Moon.  At the time, the F-1 was the largest engine in the world:

A pioneer of America's space program, Dr. von Braun stands by the five F-1 engines of the Saturn V launch vehicle. This Saturn V vehicle is an actual test vehicle which has been displayed at the U.S. Space Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Designed and developed by Rocketdyne under the direction of the Marshall Space Flight Center, a cluster of five F-1 engines was mounted on the Saturn V S-IC (first) stage.

The engines measured 19-feet tall by 12.5-feet at the nozzle exit and burned 15 tons of liquid oxygen and kerosene each second to produce 7,500,000 pounds of thrust. The S-IC stage is the first stage, or booster, of a 364-foot long rocket that ultimately took astronauts to the Moon.

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Media Credits

Photo by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA-MSFC), Image MSFC-0201422.  PD



Quoted passage, from NASA STI (Scientific and Technical Information) Program.

 

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