How Much Do You Know About Rockets?

By: Annette

How Much Do You Know About Rockets?
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About This Quiz

Is there anything cooler than rockets? This is some of the most advanced technology that our world has ever known. As kids, we all dreamed of going to space, but today, my friend, you basically get the chance by taking this quiz!
A rocket can go how many times faster than a speeding bullet?
2x
5x
15x
A rocket is equipped to go 22,000 miles per hour. That's 15x faster than a speeding bullet!

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A rocket has ____ pounds of thrust.
100
1,000
1,000,000
A rocket has a million pounds of thrust, and more! That allows it to carry 6,000 pounds.

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John Glenn's Friendship 7 spacecraft was launched by which family of space launch vehicles?
Atlas
John Glenn was able to orbit in space thanks to an Atlas. This family of missiles and space crafts was created in the 1950s.
Delta
Omega

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The Atlas V launch of 2006 reached record speeds of ________
35,000 mph
47,000 mph
Atlas V reached all-new records of speed by hitting 47,000 mph. That means that it could travel from Denver to New York in 2 minutes 16 seconds.
100,000 mph

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Who invented the first rocket in 1200 AD?
British
Chinese
The Chinese were actually the first to invent a rocket in 1200 AD. Did you know that rockets are the oldest of all engines?
Germans

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What do rockets use as fuel to power their thrusters?
Fire
Water
Oxygen
Believe it or not, rockets use oxygen to power their thrusters. When in space, they use an oxidizer to create a propellant.

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Who launched Sputnik I?
Russians​
The Russians launched Sputnik I in 1957. This was the first satellite in human history - about the size of a beach ball!
Americans
Chinese

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The space race of the '60s was all about which of these?
Space Shuttles
Rockets
Did you know that during the space race of the '60s there were no space shuttles? It was all about rockets!
Both

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Are launch rockets singular or multiple?
Singular
Multiple
Launch rockets are made up of multiple rockets. When one rocket is spent, it breaks apart and falls away, making the entire unit lighter and faster.

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The dependable Delta II rocket has launched how many times?
5
100
220
Delta II is considered the most dependable rocket in history. It has had more than 220 successful launches.

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What do rockets use to slow their descent to earth?
Wings
Parachutes
When a rocket is falling back to earth, it uses parachutes to slow its descent. Some of these parachutes are hundreds of feet wide.
Burners

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Were the first rockets solid fuel or liquid fuel rockets?
Solid fuel
Although most rockets today use liquid fuel, the original Chinese rockets used solid fuel. Solid fuel engines have rods of rubbery fuel inside.
Liquid fuel

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Nuclear thermal engines are _________.
Being used today
Already a failure
The rocket engines of the future
Nuclear thermal engines are going to be the engines of the future. They would use a nuclear reactor to create ionized hydrogen gas.

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When was the first liquid fuel rocket launched?
1885
1926
The very first liquid fuel rocket was launched in 1926 by Robert Goddard. It went almost 40 feet into the air.
1959

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Why do rockets have so much thrust?
To make it through the dense atmosphere
To beat the eath's gravity
Rockets have so much thrust and power so they can overcome the pull of the earth's atmosphere. This kind of force is necessary to launch a spacecraft into space.
To convert air to fire

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The first rocket capable of reaching space was made for what purpose?
Fireworks
A rocket bike
War
The first rocket that was capable of reaching space was the German V2. The rocket was made for war purposes by Werner von Braun.

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Atlas and Delta rockets have been launched successfully​ ______ times.
nearly 300
about 760
more than 1,300
There have been more than 1,300 successful launches of Atlas and Delta rockets. That's a lot of space travel!

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The Delta IV Heavy can launch a rocket the size of ______.
A Mercedes sedan
A Hummer
A semi-truck
The Delta IV Heavy can launch the largest satellites, roughly the size of a semi-truck - about 29,000 pounds. The Atlas V or Delta IV can launch satellites that weigh the same as a Humvee - about 6,500 pounds.

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What is the success rate of the Delta II?
50%
75%
99%
Imagine, a rocket that can boast a 99% success rate! Someone has to give rocket scientists a great deal of credit on that one.

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Where are Atlas and Delta launch vehicles produced?
Florida
New York
Alabama
It's in Decatur, Alabama, where all the magic happens. The facility is 1.6 million square feet in size.

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What does ULA stand for?
United Liftoff Academy
Uber Landing Association
United Launch Alliance
The United Launch Alliance is the union of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The ULA's headquarters are in Centennial, Colorado.

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What carries vehicle hardware from the rocket factory to Cape Canaveral, Florida?
A train
A cargo ship
The massive cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, actually carries vehicle hardware from Alabama by traversing the Tennessee River. Imagine seeing that ship go by! The trip takes about 8 days.
A fleet of trucks

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Are there homemade rockets?
Yes
There are tons of homemade rockets! A popular hobby, rocketry is a fun pastime in America. It's possible to purchase a kit and have your own blastoff.
No

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How long does it take to carry the rocket from the vertical integration facility to the launch site?
5 minutes
15 minutes
30 minutes​
It takes about a half hour to get the rocket to travel the 1,800 feet from the facility to the launch pad. The transport platform weighs over one million pounds.

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Solar thermal engines use what to heat gases?
Petroleum
Ions
Sunlight
Solar thermal engines are considered the engines of the future. They use a mirror to collect the sun's rays and heat gases.

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Which rocket launched the Apollo mission to the moon?
Atlas VI
Delta II
Saturn V
Saturn V single-handily launched the Apollo mission to the moon. It's the most powerful rocket ever made.

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Early Atlas models used what as tube supports?
Plastic
Wood
Atlas models as recent as the IIAS used wood as fairleads, which are tube supports along the side of the booster tank. These supports were made of fir wood.
Styrofoam

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Early rockets were used for what?
Fireworks
Rescuing people at sea
Both
Some of the original rockets were used for fireworks and rescuing people at sea. Rockets were launched over an ailing ship, securing a breeches buoy for carrying soldiers back to shore by rope.

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The heat produced by a rocket is ______
Very strong
Unbelievably strong
Okay, that's an easy answer, but the moral of the story is that the heat that a rocket produces could heat 85,000 homes for a day. That's an unbelievable amount of heat.

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Which of these is a modern space innovator?
SpaceX
The modern company Space X is working on innovations, such as reusable rockets. These rockets are designed to land back on a launch pad.
IntrepidAIR
Moon Walkers

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How tall is the Atlas V 500?
2 stories
7 stories
19 stories
Would you believe that the Atlas V 500 is actually 19 stories high? That's equivalent to 205 feet in height. Talk about power.

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Which president sent a Christmas greeting orbiting through space?
Barack Obama
Dwight​ D. Eisenhower
In 1958, Dwight D. Eisenhower made a recorded Christmas greeting that traveled on the Atlas B booster as it orbited Earth. Talk about celebrating the holidays.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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Who flew on the Mercury Atlas-5 in 1961?
A turtle​
A dog
A chimp
Do you remember Enos the chimp? He completed his orbit in 1 hour 28.5 minutes. Go Enos!

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Who was the first American to orbit the Earth?
John Glenn
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. The Mercury-Atlas 6 carried him into orbit on February 20th, 1962. Yuri Gagarin was the first man ever to do so, in 1961; he was Russian.
Buzz Aldrin
Neil Armstrong

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Where do rocket boosters land when they break from the ship?
The rainforest
The ocean
Rocket boosters land in the ocean. They can often not be reused, due to salt damage.
The desert

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