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post #1 of 6 Old 11-13-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Big Space Rockets Explained So We Can Understand

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I'm not sure I fully understand? Can someone explain it to us slow learners????....Thanks....

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That was good, Tom. I'm certainly no rocket scientist, but I've been enamored of them for years. How can you not be? They're cool as hell and it would be hard to argue that they're not mankind's biggest technical achievement. The drawing was well-done.

My favorite Saturn IV fact:

3. The power generated by the 5 F1 engines of its first stage was in excess of 150 GW (1 GW = 1,000 MW). That’s roughly equivalent to the entire installed power generation capacity in India! Or nearly 2.5 times of the power generation capacity in Texas.

Edit: I would note that the power figures noted above are most likely relevant to 1969, not 2012, but I could be wrong.




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My wife always wanted to be an astonaut riding into space....then they had that nasty accident, that did it for her. I have to admit, it would be a very neat feeling to be far above the earth looking down upon it. I always had the horrible feeling that there is too great a chance of things going bad either on the way up or back from space. I don't know how you calmly sit in that capsule waiting for the countdown. I would be thinking what if the whole time.....then it'll be, how the hell do you open the door and get the hell out!!! NOW!!! I'd have a very full diaper that's for sure!
I think that is the hardest part of their job.....imho.
They are a breed upon themselves....very courageous men and women for sure!

My hat's off to them.

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My wife always wanted to be an astonaut riding into space....then they had that nasty accident, that did it for her. I have to admit, it would be a very neat feeling to be far above the earth looking down upon it. I always had the horrible feeling that there is too great a chance of things going bad either on the way up or back from space. I don't know how you calmly sit in that capsule waiting for the countdown. I would be thinking what if the whole time.....then it'll be, how the hell do you open the door and get the hell out!!! NOW!!! I'd have a very full diaper that's for sure!
I think that is the hardest part of their job.....imho.
They are a breed upon themselves....very courageous men and women for sure!

My hat's off to them.
Yeah, they've got guts. Not that they don't now, and the modern Shuttle era has been much deadlier than the early days, but the first guys like White, Grissom and Glenn rode up on rockets that were nothing more than modified military Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles with a capsule plopped on top. Most deaths in the early era were the result of training accidents.

Around 2% of all manned launch attempts have killed their crew, with the Shuttle and the Soviet/Russian Soyuz being about equal. That's really a pretty good record considering what's involved.



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