A Brief History of Rockets and Space Travel

When you think about our incredible journey to space do you cast your mind back to the ancient Greeks? If not, come with us on a journey through time as we explore the history of man's greatest achievement - breaking through the space barrier.

Created by Crank, publishers of Junior Astronaut: Breaking Through The Space Barrier available for iPad. Built with source material from NASA and WIKIPEDIA

Kazimierz Siemienowicz

Kazimierz Siemienowicz, a Polish-Lithuanian commander in the Polish Royal Artillery, was an expert in the fields of artillery and rocketry. He wrote a manuscript on rocketry that was partially published before his death.

Over time, they perfect the recipe

It takes many years to refine the recipe for gunpowder until...

In the 8th Century, the chinese discover gunpowder

Whilst trying to develop an "elixir of immortality", Chinese alchemists stumble across an explosive compound called Gunpowder.

The Greeks play with fire

Archytas, a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer was said to have constructed and flown a small bird-shaped device that was propelled by a jet of steam or compressed air.

The Hero Engine

Though not a rocket, the main principle behind rocket (and jet) propulsion was employed in a steam engine invented by Hero of Alexandria.

Roger Bacon builds on the Chinese early discoveries

A monk, Bacon wrote about gunpowder in his book "The Epistola Fratris R. Baconis, de secretis operibus artis et naturase et nullitate magiae"...

Wang hu's dreams of space go with a bang

According to legend Wan Hu, a Chinese stargazer and local official living sometime around the middle of the Ming dynasty, dreamed of spaceflight.

The Birth of Rocket Science - Galileo Galilei

In addition to his many other accomplishments, this Italian astronomer and mathematician rekindled the spirit of scientific experimentation and challenged old beliefs relating to mass and gravity.

“One Small Step...”

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon.

Isaac Newton publishes his three laws of motion

The brilliant English scientist's work on how objects move in relation to each other and defining the laws of gravity, established the science that all rocketry and space travel would be based on.

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