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Amazon's Bezos Unveils New Rocket Design

Posted September 13, 2016 1:30 PM by wagman262

Plans for the New Glenn rocket were unveiled by Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Have a look at the article, then tell us about your earliest memory of a rocket launch. Could be a backyard launch of a model rocket or a Cape Canaveral (or elsewhere!) launch.

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09/14/2016 8:20 AM

Explorer 1, just before my 15th birthday in the winter of 1958. I and a friend were camped out along the St. Johns River seated around a little camp fire on a cool, clear night. I just happened to be looking across the fire when I saw this thin white line rise up into the sky above the tree canopy.

The Sputniks had gone aloft a few months previously, and we had heard the Navy was going to make a satellite launch attempt following a previous failed launch. We were in utter awe. We debated breaking camp and hiking out, but would be arriving home in the wee hours of the morning, not endearing ourselves to the family, so we tried to get some sleep and headed home at sun up eager to learn that the launch was successful.

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09/14/2016 8:28 AM

While I built model rockets in my college years, that is not important. What is important is the science fiction films of the 1950's are finally happening. Rocket builders and space adventurers were always rich entrepreneurs in those flicks. A space race between nations was fun, but now we're getting a race between rich moguls. Even more fun lies ahead.

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09/18/2016 5:46 PM

Yep! In ~1954 "Forbidden Planet" lead in said something like in 2350 we finally reached the moon. Then in 1969...

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09/14/2016 9:19 AM

Rocket? What rocket?

I see a photo and discussion of a command module. Where did they put the photo and discussion of the rocket?

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09/14/2016 11:33 AM

Agreed, there isn't a lot of meat on the bone here.

Spurred to read more about this, I found:
http://www.businessinsider.com/blue-origin-new-glenn-rockets-2016-9

Not a lot of meat on the bone in this article either, but a little bit more.

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