50th anniversary of the SA-5 launch

Fifty-years ago this month, NASA successfully launched the first Saturn I Block II heavy-lift launch vehicle.  Known as Saturn-Apollo No. 5 (SA-5), the mission featured the largest mass ever orbited up that time in the history of spaceflight, putting America into the lead in heavy launch vehicles. J. Terry White has an excellent post on this mission at his blog.

With its black nose cone, I have always thought that the Saturn I Block II was one of most attractive rockets.

Image credit: NASA

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