Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Power of Apollo
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The most powerful liquid-fueled rocket engine ever produced, the F-1 engine, was a critical component in sending astronauts to the moon during the Apollo Program. Developed under the direction of Wernher von Braun, the Saturn V rocket was the largest operational vehicle ever produced. Standing 36 stories high and weighing over 6 million pounds (2,721,554.25 kg) it required a cluster of five F-1 engines generating more than 7.5 million pounds (33,361,662 N) of thrust to lift the rocket off the pad.
Within three minutes, the rocket would be traveling at a speed of 6,000 mph (9,556 kph) and an altitude of 38 miles (61,16 km). It was said at the time that except for a nuclear explosion, the launching of a Saturn V rocket was the loudest man-made noise ever produced.
Just one F-1 engine provided as much thrust as all three space shuttle main engines combined.
Engine Data: Saturn V F-1 Engine
Height: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Diameter: 12.2 ft (3.7 m)
Propellants: Liquid Oxygen (LOX) and Kerosene (RP-1)
Weight: 18,5000 lbs (8.391.5 kg)
Erected by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Exploration • War, Cold.
Location. 28° 31.425′ N, 80° 40.989′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Space Commerce Way and NASA Parkway West, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located within the Rocket Garden exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 NASA Pkwy W, Merritt Island FL 32953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Learning to Phone Home (a few steps from this marker); Shooting the Moon, Dreaming of Stars (a few steps from this marker); Shaping Things to Come (a few steps from this marker); Working in Space, Two By Two (a few steps from this marker); Delta II: By The Numbers (a few steps from this marker); An Industry Workhorse (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Beginning (within shouting distance of this marker); Getting History Off the Ground (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
Also see . . .
1. Saturn V F- 1 Engine. (Submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. (Submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.