how many gallons of rocket fuel does it take to get to the moon?

The Saturn V rocket was a three-stage rocket that NASA built to send people to the moon.

The first stage had powerful engines that had the task of lifting a fully fueled rocket off the ground. This stage required 810,700 liters kerosene and 1,311,100 liters liquid oxygen. The second stage carried it from an altitude of about 68 kilometers (42 miles) almost into orbit. This stage took 331,000 liters of liquid oxygen and 1,000,000 liters liquid hydrogen. The third stage actually placed the spacecraft into Earth's orbit and pushed it toward the moon. This required 92,350 liters liquid oxygen and 235,200 liters liquid hydrogen.

There was more fuel on-board for the auxiliary propulsion systems and for the various modules, but the above was the fuel used to get the payload into space and to the moon. That's a total of 3,787,350 liters of fuel, or just over 1 million gallons of liquid fuel with a fuse! Wow!

Of interest: Europe is preparing plans to join the U.S. in building a manned spaceship that will take men and women to the moon.

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Updated on Monday, November 19 2012 at 12:29AM EST