Saturn V Space Vehicle

Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama

A fine example of the enormous vehicle that took Americans to the moon

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Saturn V Rocket

This actual Saturn V was built as a test module to use at the Marshall Space Center just south of here. The first and second stages are mounted on steel cradles, the third stage and command modules are suspended on heavy cables.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2014

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Description 

In July 1969, a rocket of this type carried astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, and Michael Collins toward mankind's first expedition to the surface of the moon. Developed by the U.S. for the purpose of landing a man on the moon, this vehicle was the first Saturn V constructed by the Marshall Space Flight Center under the direction of Dr. Werner von Braun (1912-1977) and served as the test vehicle for all of the Saturn support facilities at the Marshall Space Flight Center. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 10, 1987

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 22, 1978
Reference number
78000500
Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Air-related
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1950-1974
Significant year
1964

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2020: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 29, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Essay and Added Photos

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