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Name of Image: Module Nova Concept
MIX #: 9902051
NIX #: 9902051 MSFC-9902051
Date of Image: 1961-05-01
Category: Early Program Development

Full Description: This artist `s concept illustrates the module Nova concept. The Nova launch vehicle was considered by the Marshall Space Flight Center, from 1960 to 1963, as a means to achieve a marned lunar landing with a direct flight to the moon. By clustering the engines and stages of the Saturn C-3 (left), a Nova launch vehicle would be able to launch a 50-ton escape payload (center). Increases in payload capacity through an upper stage (right) could launch a 70-ton escape payload, such as the lunar spacecraft shown on the far right. Various configurations of the vehicle were examined. The largest configuration was a five stage vehicle using eight F-1 engines in the first stage. Although the program was canceled after NASA planners selected the lunar/orbital rendezvous mode, the proposed F-1 engine was eventually used in the Apollo program to propel the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
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Keywords: Nova Launch Vehicle
MSFC Negative Number: 9902051
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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