This medal commemorates the first launch of the Saturn V rocket on November 9, 1967. The Saturn V was the world's largest and most powerful rocket, and this launch was a successful test. From 1968 to the end of 1972, the Saturn V was used to launch a number of piloted and unpiloted Apollo spacecraft, including six successful missions to the Moon.
Space medal collector Thomas Becker donated this medal to the National Collection in 1972.
Gift of Thomas Becker