SATURN V MODEL.
Model of the Saturn V by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), plastic, composites, metal, and wood, 48 inches tall when assembled, approximately 1/96 scale. Many parts identified with decals. Housed in original MSFC wooden carrying case, 27 by 14 by 10 inches.
Each rocket stage is identified with large red decals near the center point of each stage. The first stage (S-IC) is screw-mounted onto a wooden base. Each of the five F-1 rocket engines are clearly visible at the base and painted in silver and red with touches of yellow and green. Four large stabilization fins with fairings are at the base of the S-IC.
A fully detachable interstage ring separates the S-IC from the S-II stage and includes the eight ullage rocket motors (these motors gave a brief burst forward to help "settle" the second stage liquid propellants into the engine pumps during flight).
The S-II stage includes the five silver and red J-2 rocket engines and the slanted interstage assembly with four small retro-rocket motors.
The smaller S-IVB/V or third stage fits into the slanted interstage. It has a single J-2 rocket engine and dual auxiliary propulsion and ullage motors at the base. The Instrument Unit (IU) is attached.
An all-metal silver and yellow-colored Lunar Excursion Module fits inside the plastic Spacecraft-LM Adapter (SLA) section which has a clear viewing port. The Ascent Stage and Descent Stage are detachable from each other and the SLA section. The LEM's landing legs can be deployed outward from their folded positions. A removable white Command/Service Module (CSM) and Launch Escape Tower (LES) are at the very top of the model. The Command Module can separate from the Service Module. There are 7 mission thrusters on the CSM and 3 on the LEM.
A metal plaque on the 8½-inch square wood base reads: George C. Marshall Space Fight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, Graphics Engineering and Models Branch, SATURN V. There is a 1-inch human figure on the wood base for scale.
MSFC was the lead NASA center for the development of the vehicle which took Man to the moon. The Apollo Saturn V rocket had a 100% success flight record. Nine Apollo crew traveled to the moon powered by the F-1's 1.5 million pound and J-2's 225,000 pound thrust engines. Six two-man LEM (later called LM) crews made landings there. In 1973, this vehicle's first and second stages put the Skylab space station into earth orbit. Included with the lot is a black and white photograph from 1966 of Dr. Faget with this Saturn V model in an MSC conference room area discussing aspects of a lunar mission with visiting foreign dignitaries. This model is a superb icon of the technological achievement made by the United States during the Space Race.