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The First Object Launched Into Space

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I was wondering what crashed through my roof during the thunderstorm last night.  The object in the smoking pit in the basement floor was too hot to get close enough to identify what it was.  :shok:


On a serious note, there has been discussion about using a "coil gun" (mass driver), "space gun", and other devices to inexpensively launch satellites into low earth orbit that are promising without using a nuclear cannon. I personally like the idea of a space elevator that was first proposed in 1895 and was popularized in 1979 sci-fi novel "The Fountains of Paradise" by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the dude who came up with the idea of geosynchronous communication satellites back in 1945.








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