A human landing on the moon would not have been possible without taking on an unprecedented engineering challenge. The main one was to create a rocket powerful enough to carry the Apollo mission towards the Moon. This is how the Saturn V rocket was created, which still it is the most powerful rocket in human history.
The history of this rocket began many years before Neil Armstrong made his famous “small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Its creator is Wernher von Braun, who during World War II created, among others, the fearful V2 rockets. After the end of World War II, he was taken over by the Americans and took up work for the US Armed Forces. In the second half of the 1950s, when the Cold War began to turn towards space, he led a team to prove the domination of the Americans over the USSR by launching man’s rockets into the orbit of the Earth and then to the surface of the Moon.
This is how the Apollo program was born for the needs of which this monstrously huge rocket was created. Its designers had to deal with technical problems on an unprecedented scale. Each of the five F-1 (first stage) engines designed to lift this 3000 ton monster off the Earth consumed 3 tons of fuel every second of its work. And their construction and elimination of the problems that led to their unstable operation needed more than 3000 trial firings. The second and third stages of this rocket ensured entry into the Earth’s orbit and the subsequent directing of the Apollo mission towards the Moon in a maneuver (TLI – trans lunar injection). The entire structure was an amazing engineering achievement and the success of human thought in the name of space exploration.
The poster available from Astrography is a revitalized version of the poster created by Boeing in 1968 to show the technical side of the Apollo mission. It has been recreated on the basis of data analysis from multiple sources, such as the official manuals and sketches available in the NASA archives. In addition, the poster was supplemented with many interesting data, such as the operating parameters of the engines of each of the Saturn V rocket stages and the Apollo spacecraft based on data for the Apollo 11 mission.
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Left: The creator of Saturn V, Wernher von Braun standing in the background with a rocket that was being prepared for the historic Apollo 11 mission.
Right: 9:32 EDT, July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission carried by the Saturn V rocket takes off towards the Moon. Credits: NASA
Poster revitalization process
The original poster (left) was created by Boeing engineers in 1968. To recreate the poster available in our gallery, we analyzed the most detailed scans of the original poster and studied the piles of documentation for the Saturn V rocket and Apollo ships so that our poster accurately reflects the details of this amazing engineering challenge, which was the construction that took people to the moon.
The poster was recreated by Michał Ostaszewski, an enthusiast of space and astronautics, for whom this project had its roots when he was still a small child.
History – Author’s Comment
In my childhood (when I was about 5 – 6 years old), I had one book at home in which I could find something about airplanes, which were already my absolute fascination at that time. However, it is not an airplane that I remember about. I don’t know why, but one of the two things I remember about it was the photo of the Saturn V rocket taking off toward the Moon, the another was the distance between the Earth and the Sun. This book was the PWN Popular Encyclopedia from 1982.
I remember that, being such a small child under the influence of this book, I looked at the Moon and tried to imagine how people were able to get there, and during the day knowing that the street where I live is about 1 kilometer, how much is 149 million kilometers(distance between Earth and Sun). Well, if it weren’t this childish curiosity, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing right now. Nevertheless, the coincidence in which these memories returned to me makes the whole story for me absolutely unlikely, but it is true and under its influence I begin to say that there are no coincidences in life.
I also remember when, maybe 7 years old, I kept repeating “the rocket takes off, the rocket lands”, playing with the Lego rocket which I identified with Saturn V which I saw in the encyclopedia. Later, I even had an episode in which I was building rockets at a pattern shop and as you can see 20 years later it came back to me again. This time, as my passion, which has also become my job in which I am absolutely committed and I enjoy every moment of it, although it may not seem real to many.
A few months ago I joined Astrography – a company and gallery founded by Adam Jesionkiewicz, whose main motto is to show passion for space. Thanks to this place, I understood that being still like a little 5-year-old child somewhere deep inside, absorbed in curiosity, is still possible and that sharing this curiosity and passion for the cosmos can also be a way of life.
As soon as I started this work, I became fascinated by a wonderful product that Adam created last year, a reconstruction of the Apollo 11 flight plan. I immediately sat down at the computer and started looking for my ideas to create something similar. And then it hit me. I found that analogous to the Apollo 11 Flight Plan which was created in the form of a NASA Poster, Boeing, who created the Saturn V rocket first stage, created a graphic showing of the entire launch configuration of the rocket along with the Apollo spaceship. At that moment, the image of what I saw in this encyclopedia 20 years earlier came back to me. I already knew it was a good decision. It took some time to translate my words into a concrete concept and in fact I spent the whole September on reconstructing the poster “Saturn V Apollo Flight Configuration”.
The case turned out to be much more complicated than I first thought. I think that after a month of sitting over a pile of scans and sketches about this rocket, including its official manual, I can say that I became a rocket engineer (laughs). However, what I would like to convey by writing the story behind this poster is that, delving into the details and technical nuances of this incredible technical undertaking, I realized a lot about the problems that engineers had to face in meeting this challenge. 15 tons of fuel burned per second by the first stage, POGO oscillations, or the control of the entire rocket with a set of IBM computers, are just some of the interesting facts that can be mentioned about this 3,000-ton ship, which helped people to carry out the wonderful project of landing people on The moon.
When creating this poster, I made sure that the key instruments were marked as accurately as possible and their parameters were shown faithfully. The poster available in Astrography is supplemented with, among others, data on engine operation and fuel tank capacity. An excellent quality 3D model projection was used to create it, and the data on the operating parameters of the rocket were added based on the Apollo 11 mission.
When I was creating this poster, I also decided to find an encyclopedia in which I saw this rocket for the first time as a small child. Unfortunately, the copy I had at home was gone, but I decided to find it any way. I bought one of the copies of this almost 40 years old “no longer useful” book, I opened it and I felt again like I was 5 years old and sitting on a bookcase looking through the “book” which was then basically overwhelming me. For me, it’s not just a nice poster, but a story that started when I was a little kid.
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