The rocket is a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally. It has been around for over a millennium since its invention in China around the year 1000. The 1900s saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Within a couple of decades, rockets and missiles had begun to alter the course of the twentieth-century—and beyond.

F-1 rocket engines in Apollo to the Moon

The rocket is a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally. It has been around for over a millennium since its invention in China around the year 1000. The 1900s saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Within a couple of decades, rockets and missiles had begun to alter the course of the twentieth-century—and beyond.

F-1 rocket engines in Apollo to the Moon
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Flights of Fancy Story Time: "Spaceport on the Moon" Our three friends talk about plans to build a spaceport on the Moon. Then they build a habitat for Ruth's new pet hamster, Rocket, that has everything she needs, just like a Moon spaceport would. https://youtu.be/vbdqdZrSze8 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Human spaceflight, Moon (Earth), Rockets, Space stations

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What’s New in Aerospace: Sewing Machines; Balloons; and Rocket Fuel Ian Clark; from JPL; provides historical context for the development of technologies and talks about the need for improvements as Mars missions move to larger and larger payloads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyxJQBe7h_M&feature=youtu.be Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grades 13-14, Grades 15-16, Grades 17-20 Commercial spaceflight, Human spaceflight, Rockets, Spacecraft, Technology and Engineering

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Air and Space Live Chat: SLS Test Flight Around the Moon NASA is planning an uncrewed test flight for NASA's Artemis program — which aims to return humans to the Moon. Watch this episode to learn more about this mission and the Space Launch System (SLS). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWQ541zuq4M Technology and Engineering, Rockets, Spaceflight

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