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  • Nov 5, 1232

    Rockets Invented

    Rockets Invented
    Rockets are invented in 1232 in China
  • Nov 5, 1280

    European Exposure

    European Exposure
    Europeans first saw and are exposed to rockets by Mongol invaders. The name "rockets" come from Italian word "rochetta" which means little fuse.
  • Nov 5, 1500

    Wan Hu

    Wan Hu
    The legend of Wan Hu is that he tried to use rockets to launch himself into space. He built a chair with rockets attached. As the story goes, when he lit the rockets after the smoke cleared him or his chair were not there.
  • Space Exploration by Rocket

    Space Exploration by Rocket
    Sir Isaac Newton explained how rockets work in the vacuum of outer space
  • Laws

    Newton's three laws of motion apply to the rocket
  • Sir William Congreve

    Sir William Congreve
    Designed the congreve rocket, a British military weapon, in 1804
  • From the Earth to the Moon

    From the Earth to the Moon
    As the trailblazer of the entire genre of science fiction, Jules Verne wrote about rockets in his novel "From the Earth to the Moon"
  • Proposed Idea of Rockets in Outer Space

    Proposed Idea of Rockets in Outer Space
    Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposed idea if rockets for space exploration
  • Robert H. Goddard

    Robert H. Goddard
    Designed and built the world's first liquid-fueled rocket which launched on March 16, 1926.
  • Rocket Societies

    Rocket Societies
    Hermann Oberth published a book about travel into outer space, due to these writings rocket societies sprang up. For example the German Society for Space Travel.
  • V-2

    Designed by Wernher Von Braun. It is also known as the Claudia Rocket. The V-2 rocket is liquid propellant and the world's first long-range combat-ballistic missile. First human made object to enter outer space. Created for Nazi Germany used in WWII 1942-44 launched at London.
  • Sputnik

    First artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in October, it travelled 29,000 kilometers an hour. It burned up in January the following year. Soviet Union proved to be the leader in space exploration.
  • Explorer

    First artificial Earth satellite launched by U.S. Lasted until 1970.
  • Wernher Von Braun

    Wernher Von Braun
    Leading figure in development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany. 1920's and 30's leader in Germany's rocket development system. Designed the V-2 combat rocket. Biggest ahcievement: Saturn V booster rocket helped land man on moon.
  • Rocket Fuel

    Rocket Fuel
    Liquid hydrogen is a common rocket fuel in the modern day.
  • Future of Rockets

    Future of Rockets
    Being studied at the moment is the use of candle wax as rocket fuel or a water aluminum mixture.