Rockets in a Vaccuum? Preposterous!

Here is an op-ed posted by the New York Times, published in 1920, completely slamming Robert Goddard’s silly idea that rockets might work in a vaccuum.  I often wonder what ideas we think are downright dumb in this day and age that will bring a chuckle (or whatever the cyborg equivalent is thereof) to future-people.

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8 Responses to Rockets in a Vaccuum? Preposterous!

  1. I'd like to point out that the absurdity of this article should have been clear to anyone familiar with physics even in the 1820s, much less the 1920s. As far as I know, Newton's Principia Mathematica should have cleared this up over two centuries before this article was written. The writer seems to have fundamental misunderstanding of even contemporary physics; he might as well have been saying that th rocket wouldn't get far because it would run into the celestial sphere.

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