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I'm more interested in the fellow smoking in the computer room. Even with vacuum tubes that wouldn't have been a great idea.

A BBC report on Prospero, the only British satellite ever launched on a British-built booster has a picture from the late 60s of the clean room where the satellite was being assembled and tested. There is a big "No Smoking" sign on the wall.


That launcher was way cool, using concentrated hydrogen peroxide as the oxidizer. Notice how dim the exhaust gas is?

Edited at 2012-04-02 12:53 am (UTC)

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