Saturn V @ 50

09 November 2017

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first launch of this iconic spacecraft.

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Saturn V @ 50

09 November 10:00 – 16:00

On November 9, 1967 the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful (highest total impulse) rocket ever brought to operational status was launched for the very first time.

To date, the Saturn V remains the only launch vehicle to launch missions to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit. A total of 15 flight-capable vehicles were built, but only 13 were flown.

Saturn V was the largest production model of the Saturn family of rockets, the Saturn V was designed under the direction of Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

What’s On

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It is Rocket Science

In this live, exciting and explosive show, explore the history of rockets – from the colourful fireworks of ancient times, to the mighty space exploring rockets of today.

Join us as we investigate the fiery power of rocket fuel, the explosive nature of forces and much more.

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium - 10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 13:40, 14:20 and 14:55


Join our Science Interpreters for a VR tour of the Saturn V rocket.

Designed and developed by our in-house NSC Creative team. The ObserVRtarium is an interactive, room-scale VR, virtual museum experience.

Go beyond the glass and get up close with a collection of amazing past and present space artefacts including the Soyuz, ISS, Saturn V, Apollo LEM and Apollo LRV.

How it all Began Theatre - Throughout the day


Please Note

The National Space Centre is an educational facility. As such we anticipate that this event will be busy with school groups. We strongly suggest adults, families and home educators arrive later in the day, when we tend to be a lot quieter (schools tend to depart 14:00 onwards).