This was a recent NASA Image of the Day — I love the colors, and the nostalgia…. Soon I’ll be nostalgic over the shuttle program, and that makes me a bit ill. In the same way I marvel over bits of shuttle being hoisted here and there in the VAB, I’m amazed to see chunks of rocket in the air like this. I know they have to assemble themselves somehow, it’s just still… amazing to me, to see such big pieces of hardware lifted up. I’m amazed by skyscrapers too, fwiw.
This image from 1967 shows the S-II stage of the Saturn V rocket as it was hoisted onto the A-2 test stand at the Mississippi Test Facility (now the Stennis Space Center). This was the second stage of the 364-foot tall moon rocket, which was powered by five J-2 engines.