Saturn V in Fog


When I was employed at the Johnson Space Center outside of Houston, Texas in the early 1980's, my walk to work took me past the rocket garden. On this morning I encountered the Saturn V rocket looming out of an early-morning fog, like some spectre from the past. The biggest rocket ever constructed for the U.S. space program, the Saturn V is 363 feet long; its enormity can only be appreciated by walking its length.

This is one of two unused Saturn V rockets from cancelled Apollo missions; the other can be seen at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (one additional Saturn V, a test rocket never meant to be flown, can be seen at the Huntsville Space Center in Alabama). After six moon landings, public interest had waned and Congress would not approve the funds necessary to fly the already-constructed rockets. There is no more fitting symbol of the sad end to Mankind's greatest technological triumph, than these once-mighty rockets lying on their side.

Revised: March 14, 2003
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