Saturn V Moon Rocket 3D Wooden Puzzle 1518

3D Puzzle: Saturn V

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Shoot the Moon


The Saturn V moon rocket and gantry is an intermediate wooden puzzle with 106 pieces. It's designed for ages 7 and up. Assembled, the Saturn V puzzle measures 5.9" x 5.3" x 14.9" (15 x 13.5 x 37.9 cm).

3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included, nor is the moon.

 Are You Curious...?

The Saturn V is the most powerful, heaviest, and tallest rocket ever made operational (the Russians had a comparable moon rocket in the 1960s that failed its testing catastrophically), and the only vehicle that ever launched humans beyond low earth orbit. Not even the Falcon Heavy can touch the Saturn V. NASA launched 13 Saturn Vs from 1967 - 1973 without any accidents. So what ever became of Saturns I - IV? Well, it's complicated. The Saturn family was originally called the C-1 through C-5. The C-1 was actually produced as the Saturn I, which was used to put heavy payloads in low earth orbit. The C-2 through C-4 went through some name changes and eventually ended up as stages in the Saturn V. The C-5 that was renamed the Saturn V was built to launch the entire moonship with a single rocket; all of the earlier versions would have needed multiple launches to assemble the Apollo craft in earth orbit.

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS, currently in development) will be even bigger than the Saturn V. Derived from space shuttle engine technology, this vehicle will be able to send crews of five astronauts into deep space. Its first test flight is scheduled for 2020 and its first manned launch in 2022, with the goal of eventually going to Mars in the 2030s. Or maybe the moon. NASA's destination keeps shifting with the political winds.  

 

 


 


 

Andrew on 01/12/2013 05:10am
A complex and clever model that requires patience, attention to detail, and no small amount of intuition to make sure that everything's in the right place and avoid breaking the more delicate parts. Once assembled, it's quite sturdy. I had a great time putting it together -- took me upwards of 2 hours.

Note that the packaging says "Ages 7 ", which I assume is a joke on the part of the manufacturer. I would recommend this for no younger than 14, or maybe an 11-year-old with exceptional fine motor skills and the patience of Job.

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