"How to Go to Space" in Really, Really Simple Words

Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 12:23PM
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 12:23PM
The process of going to space is a complicated one, whether you're trying to understand the physics of spaceships or the stringent requirements for becoming an astronaut. Now, Minute Physics and XKCD have come up with a funny and easily digestible video that explains exactly how to go to space- only using the thousand most commonly used words in the English language (or "ten-hundred," because "thousand" isn't one of them):

Ironically, sometimes that restriction leads to language that is slightly more difficult to understand, because they essentially have to speak in code. Spaceship is "sky boat," fuel is "fire-water," and rocket is "up-goer" (which seems like cheating, because "go" must be one of the thousand words, but "goer" isn't a word at all). Using this new jargon, they explain the hard science of space travel as well as the process of being approved by the "space people deciders."

Opening quote
"The best way we know of to go to space and stay there is an up-goer that burns fire-water, usually made from all dead animals or the kind of air that burned the big sky-bag, and people died."

"If you want to be like many people who went to space in the past, you should go to school to learn to fly sky boats, and be really good at it."
Closing quote

The entire video is completely charming, but my favorite part is the hilarious cartooning from XKCD, especially the above frame in which they point to a person who is floating in space outside the rocket and specify, "Do not do this." Thanks, guys.


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