Engineers and Saturn V F-1 Engine
Engineers and Saturn V F-1 Engine

Engineers dressed in Apollo-style white shirts with black ties stand by a Saturn V F-1 engine in front of the Propulsion Research Development Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Ala. Inside the laboratory, the engineers disassembled and restored parts from two other F-1 engines. Five F-1 engines launched each Saturn V rocket that sent humans to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s - before most of the young engineers on the team were born. The engineers (left to right) are Tim Duquette, Eric Eberly, Derek O'Neal, Matt Marsh, Graham Nelson, Marty Calvert, Erin Betts, Andrew Hanks, and Van Bradford. These engineers are using one of the best, most powerful rocket engines ever designed to inspire and jumpstart the development of advanced propulsion systems needed for the evolved Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket - a launch vehicle designed to carry 130 metric tons (143 tons) and to send humans even farther than the moon.

Image credit: NASA/MSFC

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