Saturn moves toward launch pad

Forty years ago today Apollo 11 was in space, having successfully completed its launch but awaiting its moon landing.

But before Apollo 11 could blast off from the launch pad, it had to be brought there. NASA cameras captured this aerial view of Saturn V SA-506, the space vehicle for the first lunarlanding mission, moving down the 3.5 mile crawler way to Launch Complex39-A.

(NASA photo filed 20 May 1969. Scan by Kipp Teague.)

Flight is celebrating in full force Apollo 11′s anniversary. We have a special dedicated page that will be updated throughout the anniversary (launch, moon landing, first steps, return to Earth) and this week’s edition of Flight International has a special feature on the anniversary.

We’re inviting readers to share their memories of Apollo 11 by either leaving on a comment on this post, or on our AirSpace forum.

Main page: Apollo@40

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