Saturday, November 26, 2016

Space vehicles walkaround vol.1: Apollo-Saturn V Moon vehicles UPDATED

Subject: Apollo-Saturn V moon rocket
Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum of Science, London, UK; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Il, USA.

Apollo 8 command module

Apollo 8 main hatch.

Apollo 8 commander seat

Apollo 8 control panel

Apollo 8 hatch seen from inside

Apollo 8 command module

Apollo 8 command module

Apollo 8 command module upper hatch and parachute storage area

Apollo 8 command module

Apollo tower jettison system

Apollo 10 Command Module on display at the London Science Museum, U.K, 2013.

Two pictures (top and bellow) showing the top of the command module where the recovery parachutes were stored.

Detail of the burned heat shield.
Attitude controls of the command module
Reinforced windows of the command module (top and bellow)

Th complete command and service module (top and bellow)

The complex hatch of  Apollo 14
The complex main control panel of the command module
The escape system for the command module
The five F1 engines of the SI First Stage of the Saturn V rocket
Side view of the base of the first stage
Two views (top and bellow) of the F1 first Stage engine

The base of the SII second stage of the Saturn V rocket with five J2 rocket engines (top and bellow)

Side view of the second stage showing the fuel tank 
Four pictures (top and three bellow) showing the J2 second and third stage rocket engine

Two pictures (top and bellow) of the base of the third Stage of the Saturn V rocket showing the single J2 engine

One of the two original Lunar Excursion Vehicles not used at the Apollo program due to cancellation of flights, now on display at Kennedy Space Center
Front view of the LEM with detail of hatch and flight controls
Side view of the LEM showing flight controls and the large side bulge for the ascent stage engine fuel tank
Opposite side view of the LEM
Front view of the LEM showing the ladder and antenna.
One of the four main landing pads of the lunar module.
Two pictures (top and bellow) showing the moon rover used from Apollo 15 to 17.

Moon exploration space suit (replica)


  1. Another great space museum is the The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. They are responsible for conducting the housing, restoration and preservation work for the Smithsonian space artifacts. (Apollo 13, Liberty Bell 7, etc.) I cannot over-express how amazing the collection contained there is. Well worth your attention.

  2. UH, not exactly. They do some restorals, but unlike what you state, they aren't "responsible for restoring, preserving the Smithsonian's space artifacts." The Smithsonian does most of their own restoral work. LIberty Bell 7 was brought to the Cosmosphere independent of the Smithsonian, by the personnel responsible for its recovery. Apollo 13 was reassembled with components that had been dispersed from that command module at the Cosmosphere, but it ultimately belongs to the Smithsonian.