Liftoff of the Saturn IB rocket, the first manned space vehicle of the Apollo program

Space Mission
Apollo 7, October 11, 1968, 000:00:01 GET

NASA / Unidentified Photographer

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with NASA KSC caption numbered “107-KSC-68PC-195 and “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso

[NASA caption] A 224-foot-high Saturn IB space vehicle lifted off at 11:03 a.m. EDT,October 11, 1968 from Cape Kennedy’s Launch Complex 34. The open-ended mission, scheduled to span 11 days, is designed to qualify the three-man Apollo spacecraft system for future lunar voyages planned by NASA. The launch vehicle generated a liftoff thrust of 1.6 million pounds and will insert its payload into an Earth orbit ranging from 123-by-153 nautical miles. Splashdown is planned to take place at the end of the 164th revolution in the Atlantic Ocean, about 200 nautical miles south southwest of Bermuda.