Between the last half of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth, rockets were applied to model aircraft several times. In fact, magazines were filled with ads for model rocket planes or instructions for building them…but no one thought of working on a larger scale, let alone being a pilot. During this time, however, the idea that space travel might be a real possibility was taking a strong hold on not only the public imagination but that of scientists and engineers as well. It was clear to the latter that the only realistic method of reaching space was through the use of rockets. One of the biggest problems they faced was the reputation of the rocket itself. The rocket at the beginning of the twentieth century was scarcely improved from the Hale rockets of the Civil War. Their unreliability, small size and lack of power was one of the reasons Jules Verne chose to launch his astronauts by means of a giant cannon. –Ron Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about rockets. You can set it in the past, present or future.

Journaling Prompt: Would you like to travel into space? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Rocket science

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the early days of rocket science.

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