Many people have asked the question and wondered…how to be a rocket scientist?  Congratulations on finding the website (and soon to be released book) that provides many answers the question!  (If you were hoping for just one answer, be prepared for some adjustments in your orientation.  There is rarely if ever only one way to solve an engineering problem.  And as you will see if you poke around here more, there is certainly more than one way to be a rocket scientist–or aerospace professional, as those of us in the field are more likely to call ourselves.)

Rocket science can actually be traced back thousands of years to the Chinese, who became experts in launching fireworks.  In the modern era (and in the United States), one of its first major milestones with the first successful liquid-fueled rocket launch on March 16, 1926, by Robbert Goddard.

We are still very far from having all of the answers and seeing all of the possible technologies that can help humans travel through the air and space, and to live beyond our planet Earth.  There are important questions to ask, problems to solve, and things to build.  We haven’t figured everything out yet and don’t know where the next ideas and accomplishments are going to come from.  In other words–WHO they are going to come from!  That means we need more rocket scientists!  Embrace your passion and curiosity to learn more (and do more) by picking a chapter from the upcoming book.  Or look around for something else you have in mind.  If you can’t find it, submit your idea or suggestion on the “Feedback and Surveys” page under MORE in the main menu.

The other thing that still has important questions to ask, problems to solve, and things to build is…this website!  Here is a question: What is more difficult than flying a spaceship?  Answer: building it at the same time!  That is what has to be done with space stations.  Also, this website.  Fortunately this website isn’t nearly as complex or expensive.  But it is a constant work in progress so please use that as an opportunity to look for things that are missing, broken, confusing, or otherwise unsatisfactory.  Then you are welcome to become part of the system optimization algorithm by submitting some feedback or suggestions to the owner and author.  That would be me, Brett Hoffstadt.  You will find ways to do that in several places around here.

Thanks again for your interest in how to be a rocket scientist!

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