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This Is The Rocket Booster That May Put Humans On Mars

This is the most powerful booster ever built by man, and it will be the driving force behind NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the vehicle that will one day put humans on Mars. This engineering marvel will have its first major ground test tomorrow.


What Being Strapped To A Rocket Launch Looks Like (Hint: Awesome)

This is just awesome. A camera was strapped onto a GoFast 2014 rocket — an amateur rocket that set the record for highest and fastest rocket ever launched into space — so that we can see the entire launch from the rockets point of view. The initial burst and thrust into the air is epic and then the world starts spinning and then we see space.


The Rockets Of The World In One Cool Graphic

Briefly: I’m a sucker for rockets and technical illustrations, which is why I love this poster of rockets of the world drawn to scale by Tyler Skrabek, a clean, updated version of a 1995 classic by professor Peter Alway, published in the book Rockets of the World.


11 Stunning Images Of Rocket Launches

That trail behind the Empire State Building is a Minotaur V rocket taking a spacecraft to the Moon. The photo was taken by Ben Cooper from Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, 430km away from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Here are 10 more phenomenal launch photos from Mr Cooper.


Crazy Spinning Giant Thai Rocket Is The Awesomest Thing

I don’t really know what’s going on in this video: It starts out with a group of people gathered around an object which then cuts to people fleeing the circle because mad men are lighting the object which then turns into a thick smoke monster threatening Earth and then out pops the coolest rocket thing ever, screwing itself into the air.


Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart

Space is big, humans are small, and spacecrafts, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart, to scale, of every rocket, spacecraft, and space station involved in human spaceflight. And man, Saturn V is huuuuuuuge — it’s as long as the whole International Space Station.


The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When To Blow Up A Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practised protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly surprising.


World's Most Badass GoPro Doesn't Even Blink At Up-Close Rocket Testing

Video: When it comes to punishing GoPros, Copenhagen Suborbitals definitely takes the cake: The experimental rocket-building start-up mounted an action cam right in the line of (literal) fire during a rocket test. Astoundingly, the thing survived. It’s been to hell and back, and it has the video to prove it.


SpaceX Rocket Exploded In The Air During A Test Launch

Video: Well, that’s not supposed to happen. A SpaceX rocket exploded during a test flight in Texas earlier today. This was the second test for the three engine version of SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket. There were no injuries.


Monster Machines: America's Next Big Space Launch Rocket Is A Total Beast

With its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before — to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary history, they will do so aboard these rocket engines.


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