NASA's incredible Saturn V rocket propelled dozens of humans toward Earth's moon. The rocket's first flight, for the Apollo 4 mission, took place 50 years ago, on Nov. 9, 1967.
The Space Shuttle was only about 1%. Both the Saturn V and Space Shuttle placed about 120 metric tons into Earth orbit. However, the reusable part of the Space Shuttle was 100 metric tons, so its deliverable payload was reduced to about 20 tons. It is instructive to compare rocket mass fractions to those of other everyday Earth vehicles. Here, the approximate numbers for propellant (or fuel.
A rocket (from Italian: rocchetto, lit. 'bobbin') is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine.Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket. Rocket engines work by action and reaction and push rockets forward simply by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed, and can therefore work in.The space shuttle Endeavour glides back to Earth on Jan. 20, 1996, after nine days in space on the STS-72 mission. The orbiter is about to touch down on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility.Spaceflight (or space flight) is ballistic flight into or through outer space.Spaceflight can occur with spacecraft with or without humans on board. Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union was the first human to conduct a spaceflight. Examples of human spaceflight include the U.S. Apollo Moon landing and Space Shuttle programs and the Russian Soyuz program, as well as the ongoing International Space.
A calculated gamble, the first Saturn V test launch took place on 9 November 1967 with the entire Apollo-Saturn combination. A second test followed on 4 April 1968, and even though it was only partially successful because the second stage shut off prematurely and the third stage--needed to start the Apollo payload into lunar trajectory--failed, Mueller declared that the test program had been.Read More
Comparison of the inner and outer planets of the solar system. Table of Differences between the Inner Planet: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, and the Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.Read More
Mars is the 4th planet from Sun, and the place that holds our imagination because of the possibility that there might be life there. There are some similarities to Earth, like its day length.Read More
Space Shuttle Main Engine. Still the most advanced, efficient rocket engine in the world, space shuttle main engines helped push the shuttle up to orbit. External Tank. The only part of the shuttle stack that wasn't reusable, the external tank carried the propellants to power the space shuttle main engines. Science Court Mission 26: The Big.Read More
Saturn has the most extensive rings in the solar system. The Saturnian rings are made mostly of chunks of ice and small amounts of carbonaceous dust. The rings stretch out more than 120,700 km from the planet, but are are amazingly thin: only about 20 meters thick. Saturn has 150 moons and smaller moonlets. All are frozen worlds. The largest moons are Titan and Rhea. Enceladus appears to have.Read More
Yet NASA would have us believe that the Shuttle is 20% less powerful than the Saturn V. NASA is pretty vague these days about the Saturn V. After the Shuttle disaster in 1986, caused by a problem with one of its solid rocket fuel boosters and killing all its seven crewmembers, NASA had to suspend Shuttle operations for over two years while it sorted its rockets out.Read More
Picture of Saturn V Launch for Apollo 15 Mission. Source: NASA Rocket physics, in the most basic sense, involves the application of Newton's Laws to a system with variable mass. A rocket has variable mass because its mass decreases over time, as a result of its fuel (propellant) burning off. A rocket obtains thrust by the principle of action and reaction (Newton's third law). As the rocket.Read More
Saturn Facts. 1. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest. 2. Saturn was the god of agriculture in Roman mythology. Saturn is also the father of Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods. 3. Saturn is flattened at the poles, due to a fast rotation on its axis. 4. Saturn has 62 known moons, fifty-three have been named. Most of.Read More
The Laser Geodynamic Satellite, or LAGEOS, was launched in 1976 to facilitate the measurement of continental drift with a second LAGEOS set loose from the shuttle Columbia in 1992. The probe itself is a magnificent object, strikingly different from run-of-the-mill satellites, a ball of solid brass more than half a meter in diameter, weighing roughly 450 kg and dotted with reflectors like a.Read More
A galaxy is a massive, gravitationally bound system that consists of stars, stellar objects (such as brown dwarfs and neutron stars), nebulae, an interstellar medium of gas and dust, black holes, and an unknown component of dark matter.Examples of galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million stars to giants with a hundred trillion stars or more, each orbiting through their galaxy.Read More