While it's unknown when the first rockets came into existence, many ancient cultures have documented the usage of primitive rocket-like flying devices. In the first century A.D., the Chinese are said to have filled tubes with homemade gunpowder and attached them to bamboo sticks to create objects that could be launched into the air. Since then, rockets have been involved in everything from international warfare to space exploration.Continue Reading
English scientist Sir Isaac Newton is credited for the invention of modern rocketry in the late 17th century using his scientific understanding of the concept of motion in the vacuum of outer space. From there, the late 18th century and early 19th century saw rockets being used increasingly as a weapon in national militaries.
As the application of rockets increases, so did their features. In 1898, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a teacher from Russia said to be the father of modern astronautics, believed that rockets could be used to explore the outer space in depth and suggested that liquid propellants rather than solid fuel could be used to increase the range in which rockets could travel. This idea of a rocket was used increasing in Russia and the United States during the Cold War and in 1957, the first satellite was sent into outer space.Learn more about Space Travel
There are different kinds of rockets, and they have varying speeds. However, a conventional rocket needs to travel at least 4.9 miles per second, or about 17,000 mph, to reach space at low Earth orbit, claims Redshift Live.Full Answer >
Space rockets are used for scientific research, national defense and the transportation of humans and materials beyond the Earth's atmosphere. They are also used to return humans and materials to Earth from space.Full Answer >
Exoskeleton suits are robotic devices with an outer framework that is worn by an individual and a system of motors or hydraulics to provide energy for movement. The technology is under consideration for military, rescue and medical applications.Full Answer >
To view the international space station from Earth, check NASA's Spot the Station website for the ideal viewing time based on your location. At the appropriate time on a cloudless night, check the sky for a steady moving white light. The space station is the third-brightest in the night sky after the moon and Venus, so most people can spot the station without binoculars or a telescope when looking at the right time.Full Answer >