NASA resurrects its most powerful rocket engine after 40 years, for science!

By Sebastian Anthony on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

At the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, a team of young NASA engineers are disassembling, examining, reassembling, and firing the F-1 — the most powerful rocket engine ever built by the United States.

The F-1 was originally used by the Saturn V — the rocket, constructed by Boeing, North American Aviation, and Douglas, used by NASA’s Apollo and Skylab programs. With 1.5 million pounds (6.7 MN) of thrust, the F-1, built way back in the 50s, remains the most powerful single-chamber rocket engine ever created. With five F-1 engines, Saturn V, which first launched in 1967, is still the largest and most powerful rocket ever created. Each F-1 engine burned 3,357 gallons (12,710 liters) of propellant every second. (Skip to the four- and nine-minute marks in the video below for some idea of what these engines look like in practice.)

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