Apollo By the Numbers

• The Saturn V rocket is made up of 3 million separate parts. Each had to function properly for the launch to succeed.

• Buzz Aldrin landed the Lunar Module (LM) manually on the moon with just 20 seconds of fuel left. The low fuel supply was due to several obstacles including the guidance computer overloading and the initial landing site containing too many large boulders.

• The navigation computer had about 74kb of ROM memory and 4kb of RAM memory. A modern cell phone has more computing power.

6.5 billion dollars was budgeted to the Saturn V rocket program. Taking into account inflation, this would be about 30 billion in 2007 dollars.

• To send 3 men to the moon on 1 Saturn V rocket and return them to Earth safely, the Apollo program at its peak employed over 400,000 personnel.

• Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong had just 2 hours and 40 minutes to explore the surface of the moon in their EVA suites.

• The panel of the Apollo command module contains 24 instruments, 40 event indicators, 71 lights, 566 switches and 15 miles of wiring.

• A Saturn V in launch position is 363 feet tall. This is 60 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty on top of its base.

• The Saturn V’s stage-1 engines put out a total of 160,000,000 horsepower in thrust.

• Over 5,625,000 pounds of liquid propellant fuel all 30 engines in the Saturn V rocket.

• Upon re-entry into the atmosphere, the Apollo 10 capsule attained the record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned vehicle at ~24,791 mph