Bad Astronomy

A different Saturn

With all the talk of the Shuttle, the Ares, and Cassini on this blog, it’s easy to forget an older rocket, also a Saturn…

If you have a few minutes on your hands, soak in this ultra-slow motion video of a Saturn V launch, set to music (that is apparently) from Battlestar Galactica.

And while you watch, bear in mind: every one of those five F1 engines on the rocket’s first stage generated 1.5 million pounds of thrust. That’s what took us to the Moon. That, and human will.


Tip o’ the re-entry shield to Dan DiFlavis.