Dropping Science: Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

Like every one of us will one day do, Neil Armstrong today departed the Earth. Yet unlike almost all of us, it wasn’t for the first time. Only a few times in a generation does an individual pass into legend, I think we can all safely say that such a moment has occurred today.

You can read the BBC’s full obituary here but we shall simply say, Rest in Peace, Neil Armstrong and thank you.

 

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Dropping Science: Like Ghost Ships? How About A Ghost Rocket!?

I was struggling to find something to post this weekend and then I chanced across this gem from Coffee and Celluloid Productions.

In 1963 a company called Aerojet-General built a factory/research lab in the Florida Everglades with the goal of producing rockets for the Apollo Moon landings. They built the largest solid fuel rocket in the world and then dug the biggest silo in Florida to store it in and the biggest canal to transport it along. But it was all for nought. NASA elected to go with liquid fuelled rockets and Aerojet never got the contract. Since then the plant, rocket and all has been quiet rusting away in a remote swamp.

Sounds like the opening of a Bond pitch but it’s true and fascinating. Enjoy.

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(It’s my stag night this evening. I can only apologise in advance to my twitter followers. I fear we may be entering a dark place.)