The Incredible Technology That Took the First Astronauts to the Moon

In a very well done video essay, Vox producer Coleman Lowndes revisits the incredible technology of the Saturn V rocket and Apollo 11 spacecraft, which took the very first astronauts to the moon.

There’s the lunar module, the component that would eventually land on the lunar surface, the service module, which had propulsion systems for course corrections and entering and escaping orbit, and the command module, where our three heroes were for most of the mission. And last but not least, this is the launch escape system, which was designed to pull the command module away from the rocket if something went wrong during launch. Together, all these pieces made up the Saturn V rocket and Apollo 11 spacecraft.


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