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Johnson Space Center Photographs

These pictures were taken at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in March of 2003

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Johnson Space Center Exhibits

Johnson Space Center Interior

Model of the International Space Station

Space Shuttle Adventure Mockup

Space Shuttle Flight Deck

Space Shuttle Landing Gear

Space Shuttle Main Engine

Space Shuttle Main Engine

Wind-Tunnel Model
Astronaut Gallery

Memorial to the crew of the Columbia, STS-107, lost on February 1, 2003

Mission Patch for Columbia's last mission
Starship Gallery

Lunar Module (LM)

Lunar Module (LM)

Mercury - Faith 7, flown by Gordon
Cooper on May 15-16, 1963

Gemini IV, flown by James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II on June 3-7, 1965,  during which White performed America's first spacewalk

Apollo 17 Command Module (CM) America, flown by Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt on the last (so far) American lunar mission

Interior and hatch of the Apollo 17 CM

Side view of the Apollo 17 CM

Heat shield of the Apollo 17 CM

Lunar Surface Diorama

Lunar Rover (LRV) Training Vehicle

Lunar Samples Vault

Moon Rocks

Composition of the Lunar Soil

Elements on the Moon
Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF)

Full-size Shuttle mockup

Multipurpose Remote Manipulator Development Facility (MRMDF)
Rocket Park

Little Joe II launch vehicle and boilerplate Command Module and Lunar Escape System (BP22), used to test transonic and high-altitude abort maneuvers for the Apollo program

Mercury-Redstone (MR7) - vehicles like this one were used during the first two manned American spaceflights

Saturn V - this multistage rocket was
used to launch the Apollo missions to the Moon (1968-1972). 

This is the first stage (S-IC) of the vehicle, consisting of five F-1 engines and tanks of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.

Once the fuel in the first stage was gone, it was jettisoned, leaving the second stage engines free to ignite

This particular Saturn was  intended to launch the planned Apollo 18 mission, but the mission was cancelled when the funding for the Apollo program was cut.


F-1 Engine - each of these five engines delivered a thrust of about 1.5 million pounds, and ran for about 2.5 minutes, lifting the Saturn to an altitude of about 41 miles at a speed of 6000 miles per hour

F-1 Engine interior

F-1 Engines on the S-IC

J-2 Engine - these engines, each of which delivered a thrust of about 200,000 pounds, were used on the S-II second stage and the S-IVB third stage of the Saturn rocket. 

J-2 Engines - A cluster of five of these engines on the S-II second stage carried the Saturn V to an altitude of 108 miles at 17,400 miles per hour.  The S-IVB third stage had one of these engines, which propelled the Apollo stack into Earth orbit, and then into a course for the Moon at 24,900 miles per hour.

The cylinder at the top of the Saturn V is the Launch Escape System (LES); in the event of an emergency, the LES rocket would yank the Command Module away from the Saturn, allowing the astronauts to escape.

The Saturn V rocket was 363 feet long and weighed 3000 tons.

Apollo Command and Service Modules (CSM) - the Command Module (CM, the cone at the top) housed the three astronauts during their trip to and from the Moon.  The Service Module (SM) contained the oxygen tanks and other equipment needed during the voyage; a rocket at the rear was used to break the CSM out of lunar orbit at return it to Earth.

Spacecraft-Lunar Adapter (SLA) and Instrument Unit (IU) - the SLA housed the Lunar Module (LM) during the launch; once the CSM separated from the rest of the Saturn, the panels were jettisoned and the CSM turned around to dock with the LM before proceeding to the Moon.  The IU contained navigation and guidance instruments for the rocket.

S-IVB Third Stage, Spacecraft-Lunar Adapter, and Command and Service Modules

S-II Second Stage

S-IC First Stage

S-IC First Stage and F-1 Engines