Ever Wanted to be a Rocket Scientist? Learn the Rocket Equation

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The rocket equation: the basis of modern rocket science (image credit: unspalsh).

Ever heard the phrase "it's not rocket science?" Usually uttered when attempting to complete a task that, in relation to "rocket science," should be much simpler. Well, in this article, the Planetary Society's David Shortt gives a short introduction to exactly what rocket science is: the math, the engineering, and how we use it to get to space.

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Ever Wanted to be a Rocket Scientist? Learn the Rocket Equation
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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

Jesse is a passionate scientist, educator, and science communicator. As an assistant professor at York University in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, he teaches three classes: History of Astronomy, Introduction to Astronomy, and Exploring the Solar System. He frequently collaborates with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and lends his expert voice to the Ingenium Channel. Jesse is an astrophysicist, and his research explores how super massive black holes evolve through time. Whether in the classroom, through social media, or on TV, he encourages conversations about how science and society intersect, and why science is relevant in our daily lives.