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At long last, a rocket explained in normal language [comic]

For those of us who love spacecraft but aren’t exactly rocket scientists, it’s helpful to have a handy explanation of these incredibly hi-tech machines broken down into normal-people language (aka, what those of us who majored in LAS speak who cannot help but secretly admire those with a more mathematical or scientific bent but are too stubborn to admit it).

According to NASA:

The Saturn V was a rocket NASA built to send people to the moon. (The V in the name is the Roman numeral five.) The Saturn V was a type of rocket called a Heavy Lift Vehicle. That means it was very powerful. It was the most powerful rocket that had ever flown successfully. The Saturn V was used in the Apollo program in the 1960s and 1970s. It also was used to launch the Skylab space station.

Now that you’ve got the idea of what the purpose of this mean machine is, feel free to indulge your somewhat technical side with this comic from xkcd.

Via xkcd and NASA.

Science comics.

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