Magazine article Technology and Children

The Biggest Rocket Ever. (the Space Place)

Magazine article Technology and Children

The Biggest Rocket Ever. (the Space Place)

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Once upon a time, surely long before you were born and maybe when your parents were children your age, people walked on the Moon. With an excellent telescope, you might see some of the stuff the astronauts left behind from the six Apollo Moon landings: the six American flags, the six bags of tools and garbage, the three lunar rovers, or--with a really outstanding telescope--the two golf balls!

It took the biggest rocket ever built to get the astronauts to the Moon. The Saturn V rocket was 363 feet high--taller than the Statue of Liberty and almost as high as a 40-story skyscraper!

So why did these amazing trips to the Moon all take place so long ago? Why haven't people gone back to the Moon, Mars, and beyond?

The Apollo missions were very difficult and very expensive. Before people could go farther into space, we needed to learn how to live in space for long periods. We also needed better, smaller, and cheaper ways to explore space. …

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