The Saturn V

Engineers at Marshall worked through a series of potential configurations available to them and finally arrived at a super-booster that would have the capability to complete an Earth-orbital-rendezvous mission with two launches, or a lunar-orbital-rendezvous mission with only one - the Saturn V. Including the Apollo spacecraft and launch escape system on top, it was a 110-metre-tall behemoth, designed as a three-stage rocket. The manufacture of each stage was handed out to a different company after an often acrimonious tendering process with every part of the production carefully monitored by NASA's engineers. Each stage differed in size and power and each presented unique difficulties for its designers.

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