Saturday, August 23, 2014

Retro Saturday: Steps to Saturn

Click the arrow to watch the documentary. Video source: wdtvlive YouTube channel.

This week's Retro Saturday film is a 1966 NASA documentary titled Steps to Saturn.

The history of the Saturn V moon rocket is fairly well known, but its predecessors are not.

This document takes you back to the late 1950s, when Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team still worked for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. Originally proposed as a more powerful successor to the Jupiter, the Saturn program came with von Braun to NASA in 1960.

The Saturn program preceded President John F. Kennedy's May 25, 1961 speech proposing a manned lunar landing by the end of the 1960s. The Saturn program was selected as the launch vehicle.

The end of the film features the Cape's Launch Complex 34 and the first launch of a Saturn I on October 27, 1961.

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