The Science Of Rocket Fuel Explained With Plastic Bottles And Slow Motion

Rocket engines require two important ingredients to fire: fuel and an oxidiser. And to get the most bang for your buck with those ingredients, you need to find the perfect recipe.

As the BBC series Bang Goes the Theory demonstrates with three plastic soft drink bottles, maxing out on either ingredient doesn't produce as effective a chemical reaction as ensuring the two are in perfect balance. There's a reason they call it rocket science after all. [YouTube via The Awesomer]