On This Day in Space! Nov. 9, 1967: Saturn V launches for 1st time with Apollo 4

On Nov. 9, 1967, NASA launched the powerful new Saturn V rocket on its maiden voyage. 

The Saturn V was 363 feet tall. That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty! It was the biggest and most powerful rocket ever built. NASA needed this powerful rocket to launch astronauts to the moon. However, the first Saturn V launch didn’t carry astronauts, because it was only a test flight. 

Amazing Apollo 4: NASA’s 1st Saturn V Moon Rocket Test Flight in Photos

The first Saturn V rocket launches on its maiden test flight on Nov. 9, 1967 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Image credit: NASA)

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