Apollo 8, erection of the AS 503 vehicle

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The beginning of the big deception.

This film footage shows the erection of the Saturn-V AS 503, used for the Apollo 8 flight later that year. This footage came without sound but it gives a good impression how amateurishly the mighty Saturn-V rocket was assembled. Fact: did you know that all technical data and drawings of how the Saturn-V rocket was built has been lost? Watching the video it seems like nothing more than a hollow tube held together with nuts and bolts.

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Credit to NASA for film footage