21st Century Skyscraper
Recently at its Boca Chica launch site, SpaceX stacked a Starship on a Superheavy booster to briefly form history’s largest rocket, dwarfing the Apollo Saturn V. Both a fit-check and a statement, SpaceX released the photograph below in black & white, which evokes classic mid-20th century skyscraper construction. But this 21st-century skyscraper is designed to fly to Mars — and be fully reusable.
SpaceX has many challenges to overcome to achieve those goals, but watching them try is tremendously exciting. Not since Apollo has space exploration seen such urgency, boldness, and optimism.
Stacking the world’s largest rocket evokes classic skyscraper construction (Credit: SpaceX)
About John F. Lindner
John F. Lindner was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and educated at the University of Vermont and Caltech. He is an emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at The College of Wooster and a visiting professor at North Carolina State University. He has enjoyed multiple yearlong sabbaticals at Georgia Tech, University of Portland, University of Hawai'i, and NCSU. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, celestial mechanics, and neural networks.
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