The manned Apollo missions were each launched aboard a Saturn V launch vehicle. The “V” designation originates from the five powerful F-1 engines that powered the first stage of the rocket. The Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful U.S. expendable launch vehicle ever built.
In this video clip, Paul Ceruzzi, Curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, talks about the Saturn V. This video clip is referenced during the session entitled “Session 2—Getting to the Moon: Apollo Technology” during the online conference. To view the recording in context, visit the session page to launch the live or recorded event.