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Various images of the Saturn IB.

Various images of the Saturn IB.

Apollo 11 turns 45: A lunar landing anniversary retrospective | Ars Technica Approaching the pad at Baikonur. Visible at bottom are the flame trenches that would channel the first stage's thrust plume.

Apollo 11 turns 45: A lunar landing anniversary retrospective

"The (Nositel Rocket for the soviet manned moon program.) main engines - the Saturn V had just Thinking about whether our time travel vehicle will have hints of the appearance of typical space travel (Cora Clarke for TT Brief)

An F-1 engine on display at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Author's wife at right for scale.

How NASA brought the monstrous F-1 “moon rocket” engine back to life

An engine on display at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Author's wife at right for scale.

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." -- Inscription on the plaque of the A...

PHOTOS: Rare Glimpses Of Historic Apollo 11 Mission

How they assembled Apollo 11 - July and Mobile Service Structure on launch pad Photo: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program: Alan B Shepard, Gus Grissom, J H Glenn, Jr., Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Mercury Spacecraft, designed and built by McDonnell, St. Louis for NASA. Signed by the six astronauts who flew in the Mercury program

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MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

NASA Confirms "Impossible" Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works! Read more: NASA Confirms the "Impossible" - Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

Angara-1.2PP space rocket getting refueled at Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The test launch of an Angara space rocket automatically aborted due to “technical issues,” Russian officials said. While the second attempt is scheduled for Saturday, President Putin has ordered the reasons for the launch failure be detailed in one hour.

The test launch of an Angara space rocket automatically aborted due to “technical issues,” Russian officials said. While the second attempt is scheduled for Saturday, President Putin has ordered the reasons for the launch failure be detailed in one hour.

Apollo 13 (1970)

Today marks the Anniversary of launch of Apollo The Sucessful Failure that, despite a crippling explosion to the oxygen tank, managed to bring NASA astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert back to Earth safely.

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