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Saturn IB AS-203

Saturn IB AS-203 Launch Aerial View 1966 NASA colour 3min

The launch of Saturn 1B AS-203 on July 5, 1966, from Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Centre Launch Complex 37B. 

AS-203 (or SA-203) was an unmanned flight of the Saturn IB rocket on July 5, 1966. It carried no Apollo Command/Service Module spacecraft, as its purpose was to verify the design of the S-IVB rocket stage restart capability that would later be used in the Apollo program to boost astronauts from Earth orbit to a trajectory towards the Moon. It successfully achieved its objectives, but the stage was inadvertently destroyed after four orbits.

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