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Rocket Science

rok' it, any of various tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited propel the tube through the air

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1957
Guided Missiles and Rockets in 1957
1958 Developments
1958 Developments
Guided Missiles and Rockets in 1959
Guided Missiles and Rockets in 1959
Robert Hutchings Goddard
Robert Hutchings Goddard
received a patent for a multi-stage rocket in 1914, another for a liquid-fueled rocket that same year, and launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926. Although the U.S. Army never grasped the military application of his work, the Germans did and used his research as the basis for their V-2 rockets during World War II.
Hermann Julius Oberth
Hermann Julius Oberth
became interested in rocketry at the age of 11, after reading Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. By the time he was 14 he had developed a theoretical model for a "recoil rocket" that could propel itself through space by expelling exhaust gases from its base, as well as the concept of multi-stage rockets.
The Saturn Rocket
The Saturn Rocket
evolved from the idea of clustering a number of Jupiter engines around Redstone and Jupiter propellant tanks to build a large launch vehicle. The first Saturn rocket was used to lift an Apollo capsule into low orbit on October 27, 1961. A total of 32 Saturns were launched during the course of the program, without a single failure.
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