Welcome to the NASA
Marshall Space Flight Center History Office
This website is a gateway to the historical archives of
Marshall Space Flight
Center (MSFC). Discover how MSFC was established, browse through
historical articles about various space developments, and
contributions to the American Space Program.
Also, please visit our History Office Library where you
will find information
ranging from the early years of Dr. Wernher Von Braun to Rocket
from Redstone Rocket to Saturn V, and 20 years of Space Shuttle
Marshall Center’s Saturn V and Lunar Rover Were Vital for Apollo 17 Mission Success
Forty years ago, NASA launched Apollo 17--the last human mission to the moon and the final Apollo lunar mission. That mission’s success depended on two complex space systems provided by the Marshall Center: the Saturn V launch vehicle and the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
The mammoth Saturn V generating more than 7.5 million pounds of thrust launched Apollo 17 on at 12:33 a.m. EST, Dec. 7, 1972 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. On the Saturn V’s first and only night launch, the largest rocket ever built carried the last three men to travel to the moon: Commander Eugene A. “Gene” Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald E. “Ron” Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison H. “Jack” Schmitt, the only scientist-astronaut to explore the moon.
Apollo 17 Astronauts At Marshall Space Flight Center
Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 astronauts helped test the Lunar Roving Vehicle deployment system at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the NASA center responsible for designing and testing the rover.
Marking the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has added an extensive collection of historical video, audio, photographs, and documents to iTunes U.
iTunes U is a platform for making educational resources available to a wide audience through the iTunes Store.
NASA’s History Program Office iTunes U site currently contains about 300 items that represent a broad sweep of NASA history related to important moments, activities, and figures in NASA history. The site’s content is free to download.
“New materials will continue to be uploaded as we expand the coverage both in depth and breadth,” said Bill Barry, NASA’s chief historian. “We’re thrilled to educate people on NASA’s rich history and are open to user suggestions and requests.”