Rocket Trivia: Week 1

Blast off with this month’s trivia, all about rockets, from the mighty Saturn V that propelled the first men to the Moon to SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9! Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Which mission was the first crewed launch of the mighty Saturn V rocket?

Apollo 8 launch
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While the Saturn V rocket made its debut in 1967 with the Apollo 4 mission, the Apollo 8 flight was the first crewed launch for the mighty Saturn V. On this mission, a crew of three NASA astronauts (Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr. and William Anders) became the first men to orbit the Moon. However, they did not land on the lunar surface. The crew did participate in six real-time telecasts. Perhaps the most famous of these was Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast. The mission launched on Dec. 21 and landed six days later on Dec. 27, 1968. The flight also marked the first time Earth was observed from a distance, captured by the crew in Apollo 8's iconic "Earthrise" image. Learn more about the Saturn V with this Mission Apollo Minute blog post, and don't forget that you can see one of only three Saturn V rockets on display in the world at NASA Johnson Space Center, when you take a ride on our NASA Tram Tour. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Rocket Trivia: Week 1
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Saturn V

Great job! While the Saturn V rocket made its debut in 1967 with the Apollo 4 mission, the Apollo 8 flight was the first crewed launch for the mighty Saturn V. On this mission, a crew of three NASA astronauts (Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr. and William Anders) became the first men to orbit the Moon. However, they did not land on the lunar surface. The crew did participate in six real-time telecasts. Perhaps the most famous of these was Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast. The mission launched on Dec. 21 and landed six days later on Dec. 27, 1968. The flight also marked the first time Earth was observed from a distance, captured by the crew in Apollo 8's iconic "Earthrise" image. Learn more about the Saturn V with this Mission Apollo Minute blog post, and don't forget that you can see one of only three Saturn V rockets on display in the world at NASA Johnson Space Center, when you take a ride on our NASA Tram Tour. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!
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Saturn V

Nice try! While the Saturn V rocket made its debut in 1967 with the Apollo 4 mission, the Apollo 8 flight was the first crewed launch for the mighty Saturn V. On this mission, a crew of three NASA astronauts (Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr. and William Anders) became the first men to orbit the Moon. However, they did not land on the lunar surface. The crew did participate in six real-time telecasts. Perhaps the most famous of these was Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast. The mission launched on Dec. 21 and landed six days later on Dec. 27, 1968. The flight also marked the first time Earth was observed from a distance, captured by the crew in Apollo 8's iconic "Earthrise" image. Learn more about the Saturn V with this Mission Apollo Minute blog post, and don't forget that you can see one of only three Saturn V rockets on display in the world at NASA Johnson Space Center, when you take a ride on our NASA Tram Tour. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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