How Many Horses Can A Rocket Carry? Cool Comic Comparison

An xkcd comic from December 2014 showing spacecraft mass and launch vehicle capacity in terms of horses. The full comic is at http://xkcd.com/1461/large/. Credit: xkcd

An xkcd comic from December 2014 showing spacecraft mass and launch vehicle capacity in terms of horses. The full comic is at http://xkcd.com/1461/large/. Credit: xkcd

The challenge with thinking about space is putting it into terms that we can understand. How far is a light-year? Just how powerful is NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System, which the agency hopes will bring astronauts out into the solar system?

Luckily for us, the comic xkcd is a regular contributor to making space understandable, and the latest comic from Randall Munroe is a gem — explaining launch vehicle capacity and spacecraft mass in terms of horses.

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