National Geographic : 1963 Dec
Standing on the hard-packed white sand of the beach, I could see through the salty air the dim towers of Canaveral (page 882).* A woman I know who has lived at Cocoa Beach ever since the first missile was launched in July, 1950, said to me: "You either love this place or you hate it. To me it's the most ex citing place in the world." When I visited the base, I knew what she meant. As I moved among the missile com plexes, it seemed to me that each was bigger than the last. Atlas, which has four times taken a man into orbit, was far bigger than Redstone. The first Saturn was more than three times as powerful as Atlas-and they were already building a new complex for a new Saturn. If all goes as planned in Project Apollo, Saturn V will take men to the moon. Its thrust will be 7,500,000 pounds compared to the current giant's mere 1,500,000. And Nova, with a thrust much greater than Saturn V's, is now in the planning stage. That night I stood again on the beach, *See "Cape Canaveral's 6,000-mile Shooting Gallery," by Allan C. Fisher, Jr.,in the October, 1959,;GOG;RAPIIC. 887 ACHROME BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER WINFIELD PARKS ) N.G .S .