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Sacramento's contribution to man's lunar landing, July 20, 1969
July 20, 2014, the 45th anniversary of man landing on the moon, is a good time to remember the Sacramento-area's contribution to the historic event. Douglas Aircraft Inc. in Rancho Cordova tested the Saturn S-IVB rocket used for Stage 3 of the lunar expedition. Stage 3 was the re-firing of the rocket to send the Apollo 11 astronauts toward the moon. These photos show the rockets coming up the Sacramento River on a barge (they were manufactured in Southern California) and off-loaded onto trucks for the back road journey to the Douglas plant. (Photo gallery created July 18, 2014)
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