Just ask my son. Ive just spent the last 49 minutes watching the following doco on a PC in the back room learning all about rocket science and the various technologies that were used to make the Space Shuttle not only lift off and orbit but deliver payloads and then return safely. I didnt hear much from Richard, as Tom was too busy explaining everything to me. Why there are two sources of fuel (solid and liquid), how do they disperse the energy created on blast off (water vapour), why dont the engines cook (liquid hydrogen fuel cools engines first before being used to fuel the take off), why is the nose a cone and not pointy (to deflect energy away from the wings, what are the tiles made of (silica and bubbles) and on and on.
I heard all about machines I didnt even know existed like vortex canons - cooooool stuff. Technology and sciences taken from the past used today to enable the seemingly impossible, again and again.
Anyway, enough. Im a proud Mum pleased as punch by my son's interest and knowledge in engineering and sciences. I wish all those people who treat him like his stupid because he has Aspergers could come up against his knowledge. He might not have alot of friends and he might be a bit left of centre but in some things he's very smart. I cant wait till next year when he studies (Huh - good luck history teacher) military warfare. This is his specialty. Love to be a fly on the wall in that class.
The Space Shuttle - Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections BBC2 Documentary
Can i go to bed now Tom?
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