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Moon Ship

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Nice photo of the last ship, Apollo 17 to take men to the moon from December 1972. It was a night launch. The Saturn V rocket was a larger vehicle than the Space Shuttle.

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This was the crew.

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For some reason I had thought that the Ares rocket that will replace the Shuttle (2013?) was larger than the Saturn V but in looking up comparison diagrams I was apparently wrong:

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The Saturn V may always be the rocket beast. I envy those who were able to witness it taking off in person, that must have been quite a sight!

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I remember watching them leave the moon for the last time. My uncle made me watch it. He said one day I'd be glad I did. I am, and I thank him.

I can't wait to see the return of manned missions to the moon and beyond. The shuttle was a side track, and I've always been disappointed with it.

That night shot of the Saturn V is beautiful.

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