posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 10:28 AM
I snoop around the news this morning and see on the fox website "NASA tests vintage Apollo 11 rocket engine" . Being a space nerd who's already old
enough to be long on nostalgia I have no choice but to click on this even though I'm sure it'll be one of the lesser engines .
I was wrong ! They're beginning tests on the Saturn V first stage booster engines . I was slightly disappointed in that they're beginning with a
starter motor to one of the F-1s , but since they set fire to the field around the test stand maybe that was best .
There's probably a thousand ways to describe the power of the Saturn V booster , but I don't believe that there's a single way so that you do it
justice . Even the people who built it under estimated the power they were messing with . The first time they lit off a Saturn V they let the media
and public observe from two miles away , even at two miles it managed to knock down the broadcast booth CBS had built for Walter Cronkite , they
changed it to three miles after that .
It goes on to say that they're thinking of redesigning and modernizing the F-1 engine for deep space missions but at a million and a half pounds of
thrust that's an awful lot of power to push hardware that's already in space . I'm beginning to take that story that they're planning on moving
asteroids into earth orbit a little more seriously now .
I don't know how to link so if anyone else is interested and wants to , feel free .