Saturn V Self-Portrait


This is me at the business end of the Saturn V rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This photo was taken with a wide-angle lens -- these babies are BIG! Each of these 12-foot diameter engines developed 1.5 million pounds of thrust, and used 3 tons of propellant per second. After ignition, the Saturn V actually remained motionless on the launch pad for a few seconds, being too heavy to lift until the engines had burned off some of the fuel.

Thanks to Rick Scott for pressing the shutter for me on this shot.

Revised: March 14, 2003
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