Animals, IN SPACE!
Before humans went into space, animals were sent. We talk about some animal and human astronauts, a little about rockets and a side trip to using nuclear explosions for thrust.
Here’s a site on the history of animals in space.
Here’s a ted talk by the son of one of the people who thought blowing up atom bombs behind the ship would be a good way to make it move.
Here’s some footage of a test craft. It’s a model for project Orion, using conventional explosives
Here’s a bit about the Atlas rockets.
Here’s a link to info on the Little Joe rocket, which was made by bundling together Sergeant missiles
And here’s a vintage video about Sergeant missiles, which were bundled together to make the Little Joe rockets