The United States plans to make its fourth launching of the giant Saturn rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida sometime in the forthcoming week.
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Background: The United States plans to make its fourth launching of the giant Saturn rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida sometime in the forthcoming week.
The Saturn rocket is now being assembled and checked out at the Cape Canaveral missile launch site.It is expected to reach a height of 77 miles and a top speed of 3,600 miles an hour.
The three previous Saturn rockets made perfect flights.The Saturn is being developed as the main booster engineer to place an American on the moon by 1970.Ten research and development Saturn rockets will be fired.Each is powered by eight engines, mounted in a cluster, developing a total of 1,300,000 pounds of thrust overall.
The Saturn rocket is made at the George Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Alabama, in the American south.Once assembled it is placed aboard a large, covered with a special housing and is floated on a 22-hundred mile journey by river and ocean to the Cape Canaveral launch site.
There, it is erected into position in stages and assembled within a huge Gantry crane.
When it is ready for launching, the crane rolls away and the rocket is fired.If the present Saturn flies like its predecessors, all eight engines will ignite with split-second precision and liftoff will come seconds later.The spent rocket is expected to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean 229 miles from Cape Canaveral after a seven minute flight.One engine will cut out 100 seconds after liftoff, three others will maintain power until 114 seconds, the final engine cutoff will come at 121 seconds after launch.The engine cutout capability is designed to give astronauts an added safety margin and add to chances of success in space flight missions.