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By Peter Macinnis

Starting in China in 70 B.C., this attention-grabbing background chronicles the advance of rockets from gunpowder-filled sticks of bamboo to interstellar advertisement satellites. particularly, the tale of yank Robert Goddard is traced as he led the gang of 20th-century house fanatics who learned that rockets would supply the major to early house exploration. additionally integrated are the contributions to rocket evolution of rugged big apple stuntmen, rangy Australian kangaroos, and a nudist New Zealand physicist.

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Something, generally said to be a stray rocket, set fire to some wooden scaffolding that is often described as ‘a wooden pavilion’ but was, in fact, a part of the display. Several things made the event memorable: a rainshower stopped many of the fireworks going off, then there was the fire in the scaffolding. As a finale, the Italian stage designer and pyrotechnical virtuoso, the Chevalier Giovanni Servandoni, drew his sword and threatened to skewer Charles Frederick, Comptroller of the Ordnance and Fireworks, whom he blamed for the fiasco.

Rockets may have taken a back seat for a while, but they never entirely went away. In China, where rockets were still being used in the nineteenth century, at least against boats, western guns had long Rockets Text Pages 28/5/03 12:18 PM Page 41 THE ALCHEMISTS | 41 been accepted. In 1675, Father Ferdinand Verbiest, a Belgian Jesuit missionary, was called upon by the Manchus to set up a foundry to make bronze cannon. The Manchus’ problem was that their existing cannon were of iron, and too heavy for troops to carry into position over steep and rocky ground.

It is hard at least to believe that all of the dishonest contractors were on one side. And this suggests, again, that English powder may have owed its quality to the purity of Bengal saltpetre, of which England had a complete and permanent monopoly. The raw material was peculiar in the ease with which it was prepared for export, and perhaps it had other merits. C. Northcote Parkinson, Trade in the Eastern Seas, 1937 In all probability the difference lay in the level of nitrate impurities, which in turn was determined by the soil or, in some cases, the nature of the ash that was used.

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