On November 9th 1967, the Saturn V rocket, launched the Apollo spacecraft on an 8-hour flight, launching it to an Apogee of over 18,000 km from Earth, making 3 orbits before its return. Fast forward to April 12TH 1981 back at Launch Pad 39A where the Space Transportation System-1 or STS-1 Mission was launched from.
STS-1 was the first orbital spaceflight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, launching the Columbia Space Shuttle on an over 2-day mission with astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen on board, travelling to an apogee of 274 km from Earth, making 37 orbits before its return.
Now fast forward to today, 2018, to the same Launch Pad where SpaceX Falcon Heavy now stands, awaiting its first launch!
Let's quickly recap the recent events involving the Falcon Heavy that I haven't covered on my channel.