Leaving Our Cradle - Part 1
- Published on 22 August 2011
Leaving Our Cradle
Part - 1
To some, the meaning of these words is purely metaphorical but to others it is a picture of untainted reality, and it is ,perhaps in accepting this very truth, are we filled with a courage, that inspires us to leave the very cradle we were born in and walk on our two feet as human beings.
Video on Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
I think its is quite safe to assume that any serious thought on space flight didn’t start until the mid- 19th Century, the century which witnessed the birth of Novelists like Jules Verne who postulated the idea of leaving our home planet behind and visiting other worlds in a rocket ship, which he so artistically displayed in his classic 1865 novel “From the Earth to the Moon”, in which a group of brave individuals giving little thought of serious harm, take upon themselves the adventure of visiting a alien planet(or the moon for that matter).
Even H.G.Wells’s classic 1898 novel, the “War of the Worlds” which is about aliens from Mars invading the earth caused a lot in interest in the idea of travelling to other worlds.
Using this equation and its derivations as a Rosetta Stone for Rocketry, many scientists carried forward his legacy by building rockets which implemented this idea, most notably, Robert Goddard, an American who built and tested several rockets during his lifetime.
Many consider Goddard as the man responsible for spaceflight, while Tsiolkovsky, who derived and postulated many ideas about Space Flight did not live to see major work being conducted in his lifetime and his ideas were worked upon by future scientists.
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