Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space History Photo of the Week
  Photo of the week 467 (October 5, 2013)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Photo of the week 467 (October 5, 2013)
heng44
Member

Posts: 2604
From: Netherlands
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 10-05-2013 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This aerial view shows the rollout of the Saturn 5 for Apollo 11 to Launch Pad 39A on May 20, 1969. In the distance on Pad 39B is the LUT from which Apollo 10 was launched two days earlier. The first half of 1969 was a very busy time at KSC.

randy
Member

Posts: 1335
From: West Jordan, Utah USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 10-05-2013 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo! Thanks for the memory.

mach3valkyrie
Member

Posts: 237
From: Albany, Oregon USA
Registered: Jul 2006

posted 10-05-2013 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1969 — The only time in history when four Saturn V rockets were launched during the calendar year. What a great era that was.

It's interesting to note that there were originally plans for a pad 39C. In a few rollout shots for Apollo 10 and the later Saturn IB's, the start of the tracks that would have gone to C are visible. Neat!

Thanks for a super photo.

ejectr
Member

Posts: 1513
From: Brimfield, MA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 10-05-2013 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You take a look at that monster and it is hard to believe all that remains is the little gum drop at the tip and a few dinged up F1 engines.

Grounded!
Member

Posts: 141
From: Bennington, Vermont, USA
Registered: Feb 2011

posted 10-05-2013 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A monster indeed, and one that would soon become a fire-breathing dragon! I really like this photo. The vehicles, and the person standing at the base of the rocket give us a true sense of scale.

Thanks for the picture Ed.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
Member

Posts: 2256
From: Toms River, NJ,USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-05-2013 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
It's interesting to note that there were originally plans for a pad 39C.
Actually, Pad 39A is 39C. When the third pad was never completed, they renumbered (relettered?) the pads.

Tom
Member

Posts: 1298
From: New York
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 10-05-2013 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo, Ed... thanks for posting. Missed having a photo of two Saturn V's together by just two days.

Do you know if there are any of Apollo 9 and 10? If I recall correctly, Apollo 9 was launched before Apollo 10 was rolled out.

wickball
Member

Posts: 79
From: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 10-05-2013 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wickball   Click Here to Email wickball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to have a poster size version of this pic to hang in my living room. Any advice from anyone?

Headshot
Member

Posts: 216
From: Streamwood, IL USA
Registered: Feb 2012

posted 10-05-2013 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great picture!

I sometimes forget just how elegant the Apollo/Saturn V looks.

mach3valkyrie
Member

Posts: 237
From: Albany, Oregon USA
Registered: Jul 2006

posted 10-05-2013 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by heng44:
The first half of 1969 was a very busy time at KSC.
It certainly was.

Going back a bit into 1968, Apollo 8 launched on December 21. Then on January 3, 1969, Apollo 9 rolled out to pad 39A with launch on March 3. Apollo 10 rolls out to pad 39B on March 11 and lifts off on May 18. Apollo 11 goes to pad 39A on May 20, with launch on July 16. On September 8, Apollo 12 rolls out with launch on November 14.

Not done yet. Finally, on December 15, Apollo 13 rolls out to pad 39A.

1969 really was the year of Apollo.

Ken Havekotte
Member

Posts: 1899
From: Merritt Island, Florida, Brevard
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 10-05-2013 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great pic, Ed, and for Tom of New York, Yes indeed, AS-504 (or better known as Apollo 9) was launched from Pad 39A on March 3, 1969, before AS-505/Apollo 10 was rolled out to first-time use of Pad 39B on March 11, 1969.

In addition, Apollo 10 was the first-time use of Pad 39B, later the same complex that all the manned Skylabs and Apollo-Soyuz flew from.

The first shuttle launch from Pad B was Mission 51-L aboard Challenger, the 25th shuttle mission to date, on that tragic cold day in late Jan. 1986.

But yes, indeed, 1969 was a very exciting year for this wide-eyed avid space enthusiast, just becoming a shy teenager in that Golden Year of Apollo!

It was such a thrilling time for me in growing up with rockets, astronauts, and space travel...all within my own backyard so-to-speak.

But going to the moon for the first time in human history, which I had been so fortunate enough to be "here" in witnessing those mammoth rocket machines flying to Earth's nearest "planet" with men aboard, I was a kid in heaven!

Right after that first lunar landing of Armstrong and Aldrin in July 1969, I recall stepping out one evening into the front yard of my Merritt Island home, and just gazing at the moon above like never before.

"We did it", I said to myself, but never really knew until years later how Apollo would change my life completely in ways never dreamed of before.

moorouge
Member

Posts: 1578
From: U.K.
Registered: Jul 2009

posted 10-06-2013 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reminds me of things you don't want said on roll-out - "Hey guys! Just found this. Is it a spare or should it have been fitted somewhere?"

cspg
Member

Posts: 4268
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 10-06-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
When the third pad was never completed, they renumbered (relettered?) the pads.
What was the need for a third pad?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
Member

Posts: 2256
From: Toms River, NJ,USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-06-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They thought they would have a higher flight rate. This even shows a proposed 39D, and hints a possible 39E.

cspg
Member

Posts: 4268
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 10-07-2013 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link and explanation. I wonder if the additional pads weren't also planned for any other lunar missions (space station or even Mars) as von Braun thought would happen?.

The cover of LIFE is neat and raises a lot of "what if" scenarios.

astro-nut
Member

Posts: 555
From: washington, Illinois USA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 11-02-2013 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent photo!! Thank you for sharing!!

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement