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Rockets. The Past Present and Future. Brittany Harrison. Principles of Technology January 2006. Table of Contents. Introduction. History of Rockets . The Nature of Science. "7 Steps of the Scientific Process. Positive & Negative aspects . principles of rocketry . Rocket Timeline.

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The Past Present and Future

brittany harrison

Brittany Harrison

Principles of Technology

January 2006

table of contents
Table of Contents


History of Rockets

The Nature of Science

"7 Steps of the Scientific Process

Positive & Negative aspects

principles of rocketry

Rocket Timeline

Modern uses


  • Rockets are any devices driven forward by escaping gas through a rear vent.
  • The evolution of the rocket has made it an indispensable tool in the exploration of space.
  • For centuries, rockets have provided ceremonial and warfare uses starting with the ancient Chinese, the first to create rockets.
modern uses
Modern uses
  • Weapons of War
  • Lifting fireworks to higher altitudes
  • Outer space exploration
  • Experiments
  • Launched Machines into space.
    • Satellites
    • Robots
history of rockets
History of Rockets
  • Stories of early rocket devices appear through historical records
  • One of the first devices to qualify as a rocket was a wooden bird
  • a Greek named Hero invented a similar rocket-like device called an Aeolipile. It used steam to propel it.
  • The Chinese used the rockets when they were at war with the Mongols in 1232.
  • By the 16th century rockets fell into disuse as weapons of war.
rocket timeline
Rocket Timeline

1959: U.S. Air Force photo of Big Joe launch vehicle after launching at Cape Canaveral.Source: JSC Digital Pictures Gallery

1992: Titan III rocket carrying Mars Observer satellite launches from Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Source: NASA Mixed Fleet - Titan

1926: Dr. Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid fueled rocket. Source: Goddard Space Flight Center Educational Programs

1969: Liftoff of Saturn V launch vehicle carrying Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.

1996: Atlantis landing at Edwards AFB, California. Source: NASA Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Gallery

1961: Launch of Little Joe 2 from Wallops Island carrying Mercury spacecraft test article. Source: JSC Digital Pictures Gallery

1989: First flight of Pegasus air-launched booster vehicle. Source: NASA Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Gallery

1963: Soviet Soyuz launch vehicle. Source: Marshall Space Flight Center History of Rocket Science

future rocketry
Future Rocketry

Nuclear rocket: the use of a nuclear reactor to heat liquid hydrogen

Electric rocket: the use of accelerated positive ions

Nuclear fusion-pulse rocket: the explosion of small amounts of fusion material