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cspg
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posted 03-14-2008 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saturn IB: The Complete Manufacturing and Test Records
by Alan Lawrie
Apogee Books Space Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (September 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 189495985X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959858

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posted 11-24-2008 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Review: Review: Saturn I/IB
In the history of spaceflight no rocket is arguably as revered as the Saturn 5. It has been virtually canonized -- St. Saturn the Fifth, if you will -- having performed the miracle of sending humans beyond Earth orbit and on the Moon just over a decade after the Space Age began. The remaining Saturns have all since been rescued from rust and exposure to the elements, restored and placed in grand new homes (shrines?) so that people can experience them in all their glory. The Saturn 5 has also been the subject of many books and documentaries about its development and its historic role in space exploration.

And then there is the humble Saturn 1.

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posted 11-24-2008 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting review. Curious that the reviewer didn't mention the Saturn I and the S-IVB stage posing as Skylab at the USSRC, and the last remaining Saturn-IB flight vehicle at KSC. Though the idea of a lone Saturn I standing "sentry" does have a touch of drama to it, it is not exactly accurate.

However, "Saint Saturn the Fifth" gave me a good laugh. (Reviewing a review? How meta...)

At any rate, this book (and it's companion volume on the Saturn V) are on my Christmas list.

heng44
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posted 11-24-2008 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my copy this weekend. Haven't read it yet, but it looks like a solid reference book, just like the earlier 'Saturn'.

Ed

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posted 11-24-2008 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanLawrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for highlighting the book. Yes, I did cover the full history of all the Saturn I/IB stages in the book including all those that you can still see today at KSC, USSRC, MSFC and the rather unusual I-65 Welcome Center monument.

The last stage to fly, the Apollo-Soyuz launch vehicle was number 10 but they also built 11 to 14 which did not fly (plus 9 at KSC). I also include a photo of the huge tanks in storage for vehicles 15 and 16 that were never assembled.

Alan.

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posted 11-25-2008 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AlanLawrie:
...the rather unusual I-65 Welcome Center monument.

To say the least. From what I've read, the first stage of that rocket was displayed at MSFC with the S-IVB stage that is now Skylab at the USSRC*. Was there ever a recorded reason for splitting that booster up for the I-65 display, or do I have to buy the book to find out? (Easiest sell ever, if you tell me I do.)

*To clarify for those that may not know, this is the outdoor display in the Rocket Park, and not the full-scale trainer.

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