The Saturn V was a type of rocket. It was used by the United States to launch spacecraft outside the atmosphere of Earth in the 20th century. Overseen by NASA, this type of rocket launched the Skylab space station into Earth orbit and propelled the Apollo missions to Luna.
HistoryEditIn 1968, Gary Seven tampered with a Saturn V on its launch pad at McKinley Rocket Base so that his Beta Five computer could override the rocket's flight plan. After the second stage of the rocket detached and the third stage ignited, Seven was able to change the rocket's course and arm the nuclear warhead it was carrying, eventually causing it to safely self destruct. (TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: Assignment: Earth)
On 16 July 1969 in Florida, a Saturn V launched the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the first manned vehicle to land on Luna. Air Force Captain John Christopher watched the launch at home in Nebraska with his wife and two daughters. (SNW short story: "The Aliens Are Coming!")
In the 2260s, the stolen Saturn V remained in the Collector's museum. It was surrounded by other 20th century vehicles and aircraft, including a Gloster Gladiator biplane, an Avro Lancaster bomber and a Jaguar XK120 sports car. (TOS comic: "The Collector")
In 2272, during an interview with Nan Davis on WorldNews Saturday, Admiral James T. Kirk discussed Saturn V technology, explaining that Apollo 11's rockets detached and were discarded after use, as there was no means of recycling them at the time. (TOS novel: A Flag Full of Stars)
- Star Trek: Enterprise, opening credits
- TOS episode: "Assignment Earth"
- TOS comic: "The Collector"
- SNW short story: "The Aliens Are Coming!"
- TNG novel: Imzadi
- TOS movie: Star Trek (2009)
- TOS episode: "The Cage"
- ENT episode: "Storm Front"
- ENT episode: "First Flight"
- TOS novel: A Flag Full of Stars
- Star Trek: Insurrection magazine "Novel Graphics"