Apollo 4 / Unidentified Photographer

The first Saturn V rocket on Pad 39A at Sunset

November 1967

Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso.
20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in)
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In the early evening of Nov. 8, 1967, the 363-foot tall first Saturn V launch vehicle stands ready for lift-off at the Kennedy Space Centre five years after President John F. Kennedy’s speech to a crowd at Rice University in Houston on Sept. 12, 1962, explaining some of the challenges of going to the Moon.

“If we shall send to the Moon, 240,000 miles away ... a giant rocket, ... made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of withstanding heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch -- then we must be bold.”
President John F. Kennedy, speech at Rice University, September 12, 1962

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