The BepiColombo mission launched in October 2018 will enter orbit around Mercury on December 5, 2025. Here’s an incredible animation of its 9 gravity assists past Earth (once), Venus (twice) and Mercury (six times).
The Saturn V rocket got to the moon burning 20 tones of fuel per second. An African elephant weighs roughly 5 tons. So roughly 4 elephants worth of fuel per second. Amazing video illustration:
This wonderful illustration from July 2019 National Geographic explains one of Elon Musk’s greatest space innovations – rocket reuse. Adding reusable technology reduces the payload and cost. In order to make the Falcon 9 reusable and return to the launch site, extra propellant and landing gear must be carried on the first stage, requiring around […]
Photo credit National Geographic Magazine, November 2016.