Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Shaping Things to Come
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Less than three years after Sputnik, NASA began test firing the Saturn I, the first launch vehicle created specifically for the space program. It was the largest rocket ever built in America and lead to the development of the huge Saturn V. The Saturn IB was used to launch the unmanned Apollo 5, the three-man Apollo 7, all three Skylab crews, and the Apollo/Soyuz Test Project into orbit.
This Saturn 1B rocket (SA-209) is the last surviving flight-ready vehicle of its kind anywhere. This rocket was readied as a back up rescue vehicle for the Skylab 4 mission, the Apollo/Soyuz Test Project, and was the primary vehicle for a cancelled Skylab 5 mission. The Command Service Module (CSM) for this rocket is on display under the Saturn V rocket at the Apollo/Saturn Center.
Erected by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Exploration • War, Cold.
Location. 28° 31.426′ N, 80° 41.001′ W. Marker is on Merritt IslandTouch 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. Working in Space, Two By Two (here, next to this marker); An Industry Workhorse (a few steps from this marker); The Power of Apollo (a few steps from this marker); The End of the Beginning (a few steps from this marker); Getting History Off the Ground (a few steps from this marker); Delta II: By The Numbers (within shouting distance of this marker); Saturn V (within shouting distance of this marker); Learning to Phone Home (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
Also see . . . Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. (Submitted on July 7, 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 7, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.