Saturn V 3rd Stage After Separation
April 23, 2003
Photograph taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft looking back at the Saturn V thir (S-IVB) stage from which the spacecraft had just separated following translunar injection. Attached to the S-IVB is the Lunar Module Test Article (LTA) which simulated the mass of a Lunar Module on the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission. Sunlight reflected from small particles shows the "firefly" phenomenon which was reported during first earth orbital flight of Mercury program.
Topics: Environment, S-IVB, Saturn V, Apollo program, Apollo, Disaster Accident, Saturn C-4, Trans Lunar Injection, Apollo Lunar Module, Apollo 8, Apollo spacecraft