Searchlights illuminate the Apollo 8 spacecraft at night
Image Credit: NASA/MSFC
Published: July 9, 2018
Historical Date: December 20, 1968

Searchlights penetrate the darkness surrounding Apollo 8 on Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center. This mission was the first manned flight using the Saturn V. The towering 363-foot Saturn V was a multi-stage, multi-engine launch vehicle standing taller than the Statue of Liberty. Altogether, the Saturn V engines produced as much power as 85 Hoover Dams.


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