SIGNED and INSCRIBED with their Apollo Saturn (AS) vehicle numbers by 12 astronauts who flew the Saturn V rocket: “BUZZ ALDRIN, AS 506 Apollo XI; ALAN BEAN, AS 507 Apollo 12; GENE CERNAN, AS 505 Apollo X, AS 512 Apollo XVII, CHARLIE DUKE, AS 511 Apollo 16; RICHARD GORDON, AS 507 Apollo XII; FRED HAISE, AS 508 Apollo 13, JAMES LOVELL, AS 503 Apollo 8, AS 508 Apollo 13; EDGAR MITCHELL, AS 509 Apollo 14; RUSTY SCHWEICKART , AS 504 Apollo 9; DAVE SCOTT, AS 504 Apollo 9, AS 510 Apollo 15, TOM STAFFORD, AS 505 Apollo 10 and AL WORDEN, AS 510, Apollo 15.”
The Saturn series of rockets, Saturn I, IB, and V, have a one hundred percent success rate, unmatched by any other rocket program in history. The development program for these rockets and their associated engines began in the late 1950’s with the last test flight for the Saturn V ending in April 1968. Manned flights for the Saturn IB and V both began in 1968 and ending in December 1972 for the Saturn V. The last Saturn V launched the unmanned Skylab space station into earth orbit in 1973. The Saturn IB ended the Saturn Program with three launches to the Skylab and a final launch of Apollo for the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Program.
Chapter topics include the Saturn building blocks, the engines, building the Saturn V, coordination between men and machines, and the step by step approach to vehicle launches. Appendices A through H provide information on launch sequences, schematics, flight history, funding, contractors, NASA personnel and organization.
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