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No, NASA’s massive Saturn V rocket didn’t melt concrete with sound

There are more than a few popular myths that have permeated the annals of space history, including one that the launch of th Saturn V rocket was so loud that the sound itself melted concrete and set fire to grass more than a mile away. Sadly, as many myths go, that’s simply not true.

Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah have created a physics-based model of a Saturn V rocket launch to estimate its acoustic levels, determining that it had a value of 203 decibels. That nearly matches NASA’s own recording of 204 decibels, based on a test of the Saturn V’s first stage run at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. 

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