The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The rocket in Jules Verne’s 1865 story From the Earth to the Moon launched from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean because of Verne’s calculations. In 1969, Apollo 11 took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean. io9.gizmodo.com/how-jules…
The USSR's lead rocket scientist, Sergei Korolev, planted newspaper articles falsely suggesting approval for a Soviet space program. President Eisenhower responded by approving an American space program. This forced the Communist Party to approve the space program they previously denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The US faced a nuclear threat in Arkansas in 1980 because someone dropped a socket wrench 20m which cut the outside of a rocket with 9megaton warhead on it. The cut caused fuel to explode ejecting it from the silo. One person died. i.stuff.co.nz/entertainme…
SpaceX has started development of their next generation rocket: Stsrship. It is not only designed to be the largest rocket ever, but also the first completely reusable one. Falcon 9 is designed to launch 60 Starlink satellites at once, Starship is designed to launch 400 at once & at a lower cost cnbc.com/2020/10/22/morga…
In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
In 2011 NASA estimated that it would have cost the agency about US$4 billion to develop a rocket like SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster using their traditional contracting processes. SpaceX's total development cost for the Falcon 9 rocket was estimated at approximately US$390 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Due to the use of Nazi concentration camp slave labor during the construction of V2 rockets, more people died during the building of it than were ever killed by it as a weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
NASA used huge crawlers to transport rockets! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In 18th Century India, the Kingdom of Mysore and the Maratha Empire once practiced "Rocket Executions," which involved tying the condemned to rockets and launching them into the air, with the resultant fall killing them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today I learned of Jack Parsons, an American rocket scientist and occultist follower of Aleister Crowley. He was defrauded of his life savings by his friend L. Ron Hubbard, worked for Howard Hughes, homebrewed his own absinthe, and died in a lab explosion a colleague claims while trying to create a homunculus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
While the blueprints to the Saturn V rockets still exist, the manufacturing industries that built them do not, making building new ones prohibitively expensive. moonhoaxdebunked.com/2017…
The first photo of Earth from space was taken in 1946 from a modified V2 rocket cosmosmagazine.com/space/…
A hypergolic propellant combination used in a rocket engine is one whose components spontaneously ignite when they come into contact with each other. The Apollo Lunar Module, used in the Moon landings, employed hypergolic fuels in both the descent and ascent rocket engines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Today I learned of the Battle of Palmdale: in 1956 a radio controlled Hellcat drone intended for target practice went awry; two jets sent to shoot it down before it crashed into LA fired 208 rockets. No hits were made and instead burnt down 1000 acres of land. The drone then crashed harmlessly into the Mojave. youtube.com/watch?v=yipdl…
Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, established the world's first rocket laboratories in Bangalore during the 18th century. And, in addition, led an economic renaissance which made Mysore the world's most industrialized region with per-capita income higher than The Netherlands and UK! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip…
"Mad" Mike Hughes died after crashing in his homemade steam powered rocket. He launched from the California desert and hoped to reach the KΓ‘rmΓ‘n Line, where Earth's atmosphere meets outer space 62 miles above the ground to prove that the Earth is a flat disk and not a sphere. popularmechanics.com/spac…
How the US "attacked" Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a Modified V2 Rocket. The V2 launched from White Sands USA but went in the wrong direction. Scientists then restrained the Range Safety Officer to stop him from pressing the vehicle destruction button until it crashed in Mexico. No one was killed. whiteeagleaerospace.com/t…
In 1986, the night before the Challenger shuttle exploded, Allan McDonald, the director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for the engineering contractor Morton Thiokol, refused to sign the launch recommendation over safety concerns. nasa.gov/centers/langley/…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Reliant Robin Jeremy Clarkson drove on Top Gear had the differential modified to make it roll over more easily. Another Robin was used as a rocket on the show and was the largest non-commercial rocket launch in European history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Taron Egerton sang β€œI’m Still Standing” by Elton John as the Gorilla in the movie β€œSing” prior to starring in the movie β€œRocket Man” as Elton John where he sings the same song. youtu.be/pHZneOidj9A
Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy was named for the Beatles song, Rocky Raccoon. The title of Rocket's first Marvel appearance was "Now Somewhere In The Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Name of Rocket Raccoon!", a play on the opening lyric of the song. looper.com/14156/guardian…
The story of the Bell Rocket Belt (made famous in Thunderball) ended in legal battles, kidnapping and an unsolved murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
When the space shuttle was in operation, it could launch a payload of 27,500 kg for $1.5 billion, or $54,500/kg. For a SpaceX Falcon 9, the rocket used to access the ISS, the cost is just $2,720/kg. SpaceX’s technical advances and cost reductions have changed the direction of U.S. space policy. theconversation.com/how-s…
Tilman Fertitta owner of the Houston Rockets and third cousin of Frank and Lorenzo Ferrttia (former owners of the UFC) all have deep mafia family ties to the Maceo crime family of Galveston,Texas truehoop.com/p/fertitta-f…
Today I learned about the Battle of Palmdale 1956, where a ruanway Hellcat drone flew towards LA instead of the ocean where it was meant to be shot down. The two fighters nearby to intercept it were not equipped to fight small aircraft, armed with unguided rockets. Even then the interceptors had their problems. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Project Retro, an idea proposed by the US Air Force around the 1960's that called for a thousand rocket engines to be strapped to the equator of Earth which would allow the US to slow/stop the rotation of the planet in an effort to "dodge" Soviet ICBMs. boingboing.net/2019/02/12…
The long-range bombardment of Fort McHenry, glorified by the Star Spangled Banner, was quite ineffective. Over 25 hours, the British fired 1,500-1,800 bombs and rockets but only killed 4 and wounded 25. nps.gov/fomc/holdthefort/…
The Korolev Cross is a stage of the Souyez rocket when it sheds it's 4 external boosters creating a plume of smoke in the shape of a cross... named after the designer of the R-7 rocket, Sergey Korolev. youtube.com/watch?v=Uf1Wu…
Prior to the Beijing Olympic games, China used contreversial weather manipulation techniques to ensure that there would be no rain during the opening ceremony. Its cloud-seeding weapons included 6,781 artillery guns and 4,110 rocket launchers. nbcnews.com/id/23397205/n…
Today I learned about the Soyuz 7K-OK No.1 accident. 30 minutes after an aborted launch, the launch escape tower activated and destroyed the entire rocket, killing one ground crew, because it mistook the earth rotation for a flight path deviation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy…
For 25 years, two brothers re-gifted each other the same pair of pants, in increasingly inventive and difficult packaging, including a 600lb safe, a double-glazed window, a 16-foot rocket ship, and a crushed car, with a card that read "Merry Christmas, the pants are in the glove box". snopes.com/fact-check/pan…
While Sputnik was the first man-made object to reach orbit, 13 years earlier the Nazis launched the MW 18014 rocket, the first man-made object to reach outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MW_…
One housecat (ever) survived spaceflight. Test animal C-341 later renamed FΓ©lix and then FΓ©licette was blasted into a suborbital flight on a French rocket in 1963. Seeking to examine her brain for possible space-induced changes, some weeks after her historic flight scientists euthanized her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
In 1633, a Turkish gentleman by the name of LagΓ’ri Hasan Γ‡elebi launched himself into the air on a rocket filled with 140 lbs of gunpowder. He landed in the river and was rewarded with silver by the Sultan. Mythbusters later tested this story in 2009 and considered it implausible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Today I learned about US Army Technical Manual 31-210, a manual designed by the US Military for the US Armed Forces to fabricate guns, explosives, ammunition, mortars, rockets, and incendiary devices with locally available/ unassuming materials on enemy soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TM_…
The first-ever solar-powered satellite, Vanguard 1, is "the oldest human-made object still in orbit" (plus some of its launch rocket). Launched in 1958, it stopped talking in 1964 but continues orbiting. The three sats older than it (Sputniks 1 & 2, Explorer 1) are no longer in orbit. discovermagazine.com/the-…
Coca-Cola once helped NASA to design a nuclear bomb-powered rocket! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In the 1700's the Mysore Army was using rocket artillery. The weapon was for long distance and against masses of soldiers throughout the Anglo-Mysore Wars. The First Duke of Wellington personally experienced the weapons and the English would adapt them for fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
The plasma globe was invented accidentally by an MIT undergrad, who was working in a lab to create electrical rocket engines. Right after inventing it, he naturally brought it to his girlfriend's house party. pubsapp.acs.org/cen/whats…
In the 60s they made a gun that shot bullets with rockets in them youtube.com/watch?v=cJAXp…
In 1984, OSHA fined a company $640, after a rocket motor fell on an employee and crushed him against the securing beams. osha.gov/pls/imis/establi…
During the launch of the Minotaur V rocket, that was carrying the LADEE spacecraft, a nearby frog was flung into the air. The incident was captured in a single frame from a remote camera by the NASA photo team. space.com/22772-frog-phot…
Today I learned of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese rocket scientist and mathematician, who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2 to help America build the world's first atomic bomb. During the Cold War, he was accused of being a communist and fled America to China, where he helped China build its first atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qia…
The American flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was inserted only seven inches deep and was placed about 27 feet from the Eagle landing craft. As a result, it was blown over by the blast of the rocket exhaust during the takeoff back to Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The Apollo moonshot rocket was fueled by kerosene aoghs.org/products/kerose…
The fastest land speed record is 1,227.985 km/h (763.03 mph), the fastest manned rocket-powered aircraft was 7,270 km/h (4,520 mph), and water speed record was 275.98 knots (511.11 km/h, 317.59 mph). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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