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September 22, 2010


> Types of Basic Rockets
This page compares suborbital and orbital rockets.

What Is a Rocket?
NASA uses rockets to launch things and people into space.
> K-4
> 5-8

What Is a Heavy Lift Vehicle?
A heavy lift launch vehicle is a very powerful type of rocket.
> K-4
> 5-8

> Beginners Guide to Rockets
Learn about the basic mathematics and physics principles that govern the design and flight of model rockets.

> How Rockets Work (PDF)
Learn how Newton's Laws of Motion are at work, whether flying a small model rocket or launching a space shuttle into space.

> Newton's Laws of Motion
This site provides illustrations, formulas and an overview of the three Laws of Motion.

> Applying Newton's Laws (PDF)
This document focuses on how rockets work, including rocket engines and their propellants.

> The Principle of the Rocket
Learn why even a small payload requires a huge rocket.

> Evolution of Rockets
This site focuses on rocket development in Germany, the U.S., Russia and other countries between World Wars I and II.

> Launching Rockets
This site provides information on current and past rocket launches.

> Why Can't An Airplane Just Fly Into Space? Why Do We Need Rockets?
Dr. Marc Raymon illustrates the answers to these questions.

> Launch a Rocket From a Spinning Planet
Learn how space engineers know when to launch rockets into space.

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Model rocket soaring upward with words REACTION and ACTION beside it
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For rockets, the action is the force produced from the nozzle end of a rocket engine. The reaction force propels the rocket in the opposite direction.
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