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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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WON’T THEIDEAS SOONRUN OUT?

In 1953, NASA held some planning meetings to select projects for the coming years. For preparation, they asked the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to make a graph of the top speeds of vehicles throughout history, since this could give them an idea of what would be expected of them in the future.

The resulting graph contained an exponential vertical axis showing fractions of the speed of light. On the horizontal axis were given years 1750 - 2050. Furthermore, there was an indication of what speed was required for a satellite to reach orbit or to leave the Earth entirely. The latter was 40,320 km/h (25,000 ...

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