Saturn V Straw Rocket
Saturn V Rocket Activity Background Information
As part of our NASA Tram Tour, you have the opportunity to
view a Saturn V Rocket at our Rocket Park. This particular
rocket was slated to launch Apollo 18, however this mission
was cancelled due to cuts in funding. You can view this rocket
at Rocket Park when you take the NASA Tram Tour at Space
The Saturn V was developed to carry the Apollo spacecraft
into lunar orbit. At 104 tons, the rocket payload was roughly
4 times that of the Space Shuttle. The 3 stage Saturn V is the largest rocket in the
world measuring 363 feet long.
NASA has completed 6 manned missions to the moon. The first manned mission to
land on the moon landed July 20,1969. The last manned mission to the moon was
launched December 7, 1972. Each of these six missions landed in various locations
as indicated on the photograph of the moon.
Prior to these manned mission, NASA sent Surveyor probes to the moon. The
Surveyor probes took close-up images of the lunar surface to determine if the
terrain was safe for manned missions. In addition, the Soviet Union launched several
Luna probes to explore the moon.
National Science Standards: Unifying Concepts and Processes, Science as
Inquiry, Physical Science
National Social Studies Standards: Time,
Continuity, and Change; and Science, Technology,
Day 1 Activity Procedure:
1. Hold up a picture of the Moon (p. 5) and ask the
â€¢ What is this a picture of?
â€¢ Has any person ever been to the Moon?
â€¢ How many manned missions has NASA sent to the moon?
â€¢ How do you think the astronauts got to the Moon?
2. Show the students a picture of the Saturn V Rocket and explain to them that it is
the rocket that brought the Apollo astronauts to the Moon.
3. Tell the students that they are going to create their own Saturn V Rocket (hold up
a complete straw rocket) and launch it to the Moon (hold up the picture of Moon).