Apollo 4 was the first unmanned test flight mission of the Saturn V launch vehicle. This was the rocket used in the Apollo program to send the first men to the Moon. The rocket was launched on November 9, 1967 from the Kennedy Space Center. NASA said that the mission was a complete success, and it helped the Apollo program very much.
Apollo 4, the first flight of a Saturn V launch vehicle, rises from Launch Pad 39A
|Mission type||Test flight|
|Mission duration||8 hours, 36 minutes, 59 seconds|
|Manufacturer||North American Rockwell|
|Launch mass||36,856 kilograms (81,253 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||November 9, 1967, 12:00:01UTC|
|Rocket||Saturn V SA-501|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39A|
|End of mission|
|Recovered by||USS Bennington|
|Landing date||November 9, 1967, 20:37:00UTC|
|Landing site||North Pacific Ocean|
|Regime||Highly elliptical orbit|
|Perigee||−204 kilometers (−110 nmi)|
|Apogee||18,092 kilometers (9,769 nmi)|
|Period||314.58 minutes (initial)|
|Epoch||November 9, 1967|
- Saturn V Launch Vehicle Flight Evaluation Report - AS-501 Apollo 4 Mission (PDF). George C. Marshall Space Flight Center: NASA. January 15, 1968. MPR-SAT-FE-68-1. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Orbit to landing entry path would have taken it below the Earth's surface to simulate a high-energy lunar re-entry.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "SATCAT". Jonathan's Space Pages. Retrieved March 23, 2014.