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model of NASA Saturn V rocket

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Robert C. Seamans Jr.
Object type: rocket model
Maker: Measurements: 53 in
Nomenclature: aeronautical tools and equipment - test models
Classification: tools and equipment

Model of Saturn rocket, in wood case. Saturn V model, made by the modelmakers of the NASA Marshall Space Center, c. 1963. NASA Associate Administrator Robert C. Seamans, Jr. used this model to explain the Apollo program to President Kennedy, members of Congress and other senior government officials. NASA selected the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous approach to go to the moon. This meant the rocket could be built in stages but it also poised a signficant guidance and navigation problem. Seamans recommended that MIT's Instrumentation Laboratory led by his former mentor Charles Stark Draper be given the contract to develop the Apollo Guidance, Navigation, and Control System.


Gift of Robert C. Seamans, Jr.

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