Andrew Emerson

Fire, Smoke & Thunder

*Fire, Smoke & Thunder: A History of the Saturn V Launch Vehicle and its F-1 Engines* is a book about the Saturn V rocket’s first-stage engines. Five of them attached to Saturn's lower stage enabled man to fulfil JFK's goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

During the cold war NASA, Saturn V, and the Moon were symbols of hope and progress. *Fire, Smoke & Thunder* tries to capture this time which captivated the world, showing the ideals we strove for; a humanity united in the peaceful exploration of new frontiers.


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