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Kerosene and Liquid Oxygen was about to send the most powerful vehicle ever built up into space, in a blaze of fucking glory. Carrying three great Americans.

Fuck man! Arguably mans greatest achievement.
 

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Insane machines we build...so hard to imagine something the size of a building being shoved through the atmosphere at the speed of a rifle bullet.
 

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The ultimate E-Ticket ride. I remember the first step on the moon. I was off work and had driven the 45 miles to see my folks so it must have been a Friday or Saturday.
 

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CBS did a special about this last night. I've never really watched anything on it (in depth) being it happened a bit before I was born. I was glued to it. Everything about it was what I'd like to think is America. Just like people coming together for ww2 and the way you felt after seeing the flag right after 9/11. The Packers game was the first game I believe after 9/11 and they ran out with the American flag. Just gave you a "damn right" feeling. Hard to explain I guess.
 

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The "hold downs" were a series of mechanisms restraining the rocket on the pad. I always get a kick when I'm listening to "Moon Machines" when they say:

"When the motors are ready, they send a signal to the hold downs - let me go." :)
 

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A rifle round that travels 3000ft per second is traveling at less than mach 3 or 2000mph.The escape velocity to leave Earth is Mach 33 or roughly 25000 mph.A little bit faster than a rifle round.:p

I think he's talking about when all 3 stages are still joined together. The real speed comes after the bottom 2 drop off.


That rocket produced 160 million horsepower. Think about that for a minute.
 

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I think he's talking about when all 3 stages are still joined together. The real speed comes after the bottom 2 drop off.


That rocket produced 160 million horsepower. Think about that for a minute.
He probably did,my bad.I'll leave this here.

 

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The "hold downs" were a series of mechanisms restraining the rocket on the pad. I always get a kick when I'm listening to "Moon Machines" when they say:

"When the motors are ready, they send a signal to the hold downs - let me go." :)
This is a great video that shows the hell that happens at the base of a launch.


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