News: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. On 16th July 1969 the Saturn V rocket was launched on its historic voyage to the moon from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The acoustic shock and noise generated by Saturn V rocket launches were a major concern for NASA engineers with levels of up to 200 decibels being generated. These considerations led to them building the Saturn V launchpad on the remote Merritt Island and constructing their Vehicle Assembly Building, 3 miles away, from insulated aluminium panels fastened to a steel frame.