• Short Summary

    ANOTHER GIANT STEP IN THE NATION'S MAN-TO-THE-MOON PROGRAM WAS ANNOUNCED IN DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA. A TOWERING?

  • Description

    ANOTHER GIANT STEP IN THE NATION'S MAN-TO-THE-MOON PROGRAM WAS ANNOUNCED IN DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA. A TOWERING SECOND STAGE TEST MODEL OF THE 3-STACK SATURN-FIVE MOON ROCKET WAS COMPLETED AT THE NORTH AMERICAN SPACE DIVISION SEAL BEACH FACILITY. CALLED THE SATURN S-II (SATURN S-TWO), THIS TEST VEHICLE WAS INCHED TOGETHER WITH A WATCH-MAKER'S PRECISION AND ASSEMBLED VERTICALLY BY NORTH AMERICAN'S OWN "BUILDING BLOCK" TECHNIQUE.

    THE SATURN S-TWO (S-II) IS THE NATION'S MIGHTIEST HYDROGEN-POWERED SPACE BOOSTER UNDER PRODUCTION. IT IS BEING BUILT FOR THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION'S MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTRE AT HUNTSVILLE, ALA.

    THE FINISHED SATURN TEST VEHICLES WAS ROLLED ON MOTOR-DRIVEN DOLLIES TO A "TURNOVER STATION" WHERE IT WAS LOWERED ONTO A 24-WHEEL TRANSPORTER. THE S-TWO (S-II) IS 33 FEET N DIAMETER AND CONSTRUCTED MAINLY OF ALUMINUM. IT HAS MORE THAN 2,500 (TWO-THOUSAND-AND-FIVE-HUNDRED) FEET OF SEAMS JOINED BY A NEW ELECTRONIC SKATE-WELDING TECHNIQUE WHICH ALSO WAS DEVELOPED BY NORTH AMERICAN SPECIALISTS. THE SATURN SECOND STAGE HAS 5 ROCKETDYNE ENGINES WHICH DEVELOP ONE MILLION POUNDS OF THRUST, ENOUGH TO PUSH THE SATURN 3rd STAGE AND THE APOLLO PAYLOAD 100 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH. IT WILL BURN LIQUID HYDROGEN, NEWEST OF THE NATION'S SPACE FUELS.

    THE MOVE FROM THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING TO THE TEST TOWER BEGAN AT DAYLIGHT AND CONTINUED DEEP INTO THE NIGHT. THERE, IT WILL BE TESTED AND TORTURED TO DETECT ANY POSSIBLE WEAKNESS IN STRUCTURE. IT WILL UNDERGO WEIGHTS AND PRESSURES SIMILAR TO THOSE A SATURN S-TWO (S-II) MUST EXPERIENCE ON THE LAUNCH PAD AT CAPE KENNEDY UNTIL IT COMPLETES ITS MISSION OF PROPELLING APOLLO ASTRONAUTS TOWARD THE MOON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF2LQPTORC65UQ8NLTQ7PGUHZZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2LQPTORC65UQ8NLTQ7PGUHZZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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