Man on the moon 50 years later: The Saturn V

A look at the different stages of the rocket that put man on the moon.
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Transcript for Man on the moon 50 years later: The Saturn V
Polar Lander and more. All. Our. Our. I'm David Curley at the Smithsonian air and space museum where we are marking fifty years since man landed and walked on the moon in a Lander just like this one. We're going to show you some of the actual ABC news coverage from fifty years ago during that eight day mission of this remarkable achievement. To get to the moon NASA needed a big rocket a really big rocket. It is the Saturn five at a flu for the first time in an unmanned mission Apollo for. Jewels Bergman are science editor at the time explained the different stages of the Saturn five as it stood ready to launch behind him. We're a team out as formats and nineteen seconds Brian and all going well or that the star first month of the Saturn five rocket. Patton third in that countdown reaches T minus five seconds here's what the actual look like as all five mainstay of engines ignite. In less than 12 all engines are going but the rocket isn't released until zero. When my hold arms slowly let go and begins to climb towards space thought and a half million pounds of thrust. The most powerful rocket man has ever lost shortly after blast off mission control in Houston takes over. Two minutes and 32. After that lift off here we see cape Kennedy disappearing beneath the rocket. To let us have thirty seconds after liftoff thirty miles over the Atlantic the first stage burns out and as Genesis yes 22 stage ignites. The separation ring joining the stage as generous. Friend along to escape artists say they astronauts of the booster goes haywire. It's fired away Saturn five is now 120 miles up and just sort of orbital velocity when the second stage engine burn out separate and the single hydrogen engine in the third stage lights up this engine on the S four of these days. Gives the Apollo spacecraft the final kick the burst of speed needed to started in orbit around the earth. It shut down then reignite that was back in orbit for hurl Apollo and to a higher orbit nearly 111000 miles over the air. The small thrusters on the Apollo service module that night briefly to separate Apollo from the spent Thursday. Every political system is being put to the test. The service propulsion system lights up briefly to raise Apollo is all about 700 miles higher the spacecraft is then turn. So that they need field on one side face the intense cold of space. Testing its ability to go from its intent called too extreme heat during reentry. They onboard and some of the service propulsion system is then ignited a second time. To drive the spacecraft back into the Earth's atmosphere at 25000. Miles an hour the reentry speed coming back from a moan. Turn by a small thrusters the Apollo command module the service module separates the service module pulls away. And Apollo space automatically injury and three attitude. Apollo then begins its journey back toward a landing in the Pacific they think shepherds of the 4000 degrees. They gate fields said the brother material. Hurtling back in from. Based the palace gets off the earth atmosphere. The maneuver helps the palace shed heat and speed which means that only had a more gently making it easier when astronauts durable. Now let's be literally burned away Apollo falls toward our. Until first the smaller drove and on a larger main parachute open all of remains open. The Apollo spacecraft descends gently toward a landing in the pathetic some 600 miles northwest of alive. Let's go to mission controller lost control. We have ignition. Harley engines out. We have let god we have.

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