Taurus:  “She has been feeling it for a while - that sense of awaking. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her - she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core - this is her time. She will not only climb mountains - she will move them too.”  

NASA is going green with eco friendly rocket fuel

Rocket launches are incredible to behold, but they come with some unwanted byproducts like soot and black carbon, which can absorb light, heat up the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. That’s why NASA is working on a new, more environmentally friendly type of rocket fuel.

Right now, most rocket fuel is hydrazine-based. NASA is developing a less toxic fuel called AF-M315E that uses hydroxyl ammonium nitrate. Its benefits extend beyond just being environmentally friendly.

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humans getting a reputation amongst the galaxy for doing totally absurd and reckless things, like making absolutely ridiculous flight paths through asteroid belts, or hitting warp speed for a five mile trip, or devoting 90% of the power of a ship’s onboard computer to their personal laptop so they can torrent abba’s discography, or mixing rocket fuel with mentos to see what happens

and at first other species are like….. okay we’d better not have humans on the crew if they’re this dangerous….. but then when they notice the humans are actually getting a lot more done and advancing super fast because they take such absurd risks “just to see if it works” it becomes commonplace to have a group of at least four humans on every ship in the fleet

no other species previously had a word in their language that equated to “fuck it” but within a century “fuck it” is regarded as an immensely wise proverb


ORAS may be trying to spread the lie that Maxie is intelligent but we all need to remember that in Emerald he tried to throw rocket fuel into a volcano and make it erupt. (pretty much everything he did was stupid)

story by Edarae

and a huge thanks to Rune-nini for writing almost all of the text and generally fixing my English in everything I post ;w; <3

Human Waste Becomes Fuel For Spaceflight

by Txchnologist staff

When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Now a research project conducted at the University of Florida has shown that when future astronauts need to take a bathroom break, they’ll be helping their rockets go, go, go.

Engineers have developed a two-stage digester process that turns human and organic waste into almost 77 gallons of methane per crewmember per day. The biogas, which also includes carbon dioxide, can be used to power rocket engines or other systems onboard spacecraft.

“We were trying to find out how much methane can be produced from uneaten food, food packaging and human waste,” said Pratap Pullammanappallil, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. “The idea was to see whether we could make enough fuel to launch rockets and not carry all the fuel and its weight from Earth for the return journey.” 

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You’re aboard the SS Denny’s Condiment Transport ship, model 945b. Sleek glass finish, tomato-fuel-fed rocket engine…Nothing new and shiny, but she’s all yours.

Your mission is clear. Deliver 40 tons of condiments—ketchup, mustard, mayo—to the 4th planet in sector 7d, a trip you’re all too familiar with. But something feels different this time. This time, space is quiet. Almost too quiet

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Rocket Candy: Sugar and KNO3 Rocket Fuel

Rocket Candy is a type of rocket propellant for model rockets made with sugar as a fuel, and containing an oxidizer. The propellant can be divided into three groups of components: the fuel, the oxidizer, and the additive(s). The fuel is a sugar; sucrose is the most commonly used. The most common oxidizer is potassium nitrate (KNO3). A traditional sugar propellant formulation is typically prepared in a 13:7 oxidizer to fuel ratio.

There are many different methods for preparation of a sugar-based rocket propellant. Dry compression does not require heating, only the grinding of the components and then packing into the motor. However, this method is not recommended for serious experimenting. Dry heating does not actually melt the KNO3, but it melts the sugar and then the KNO3 grains become suspended in the sugar. Dissolving and heating the propellant actually melts both of the components and combines them.

Open flame should never be used to melt the propellant, and the mix should always be heated in an oil bath, never over direct heat. Because rocket candy is extremely flammable, it should be prepared in small batches, out of doors or in an outbuilding, and using adequate personal protective equipment (eye protection at the very least). But Do Not Attempt This At Home.

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A beautiful, explosive experiment. Making a rocket with a water bottle and ethanol.

The blue flame you see at first is a sign of complete combustion – when abundant oxygen reacts with the fuel, producing just the classic combustion products of carbon dioxide and water. As the oxygen supply is consumed, carbon particles start to be released, which cause the yellow flame. The pulses of flame that appear in the bottle towards the end of the reaction are probably created as fresh oxygen is drawn in from the top, and mixes with the remaining fuel.

This beautiful experiment is also a great example of a simple rocket; a device for creating force by pushing the products of fuel combustion in one direction. Our demo technician Andy investigates whether the force is enough to push him on a swing, and tries to determine just how much force is being generated. 

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