This One Is Rocket Science
As we all know, rockets are tricky. Many exceedingly smart people have spent a lot of time getting these canisters of controlled combustion (or "directed explosion tubes") to transport people and equipment off the surface of our planet to many other places safely. I don't plan on discussing all of how that works today, because I don't even understand all of how rockets work (there's physics, chemistry, (biology if you're bringing people) and some pretty intense math for some things). Instead, I'm going to go back to when putting a man-made satellite into orbit was but a distant dream, and discuss the rocket equation.