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Worst Blast Off

10! 9! 8! 7! 6! 5! 4! 3! 2! 1! BLAST OFF!

That was what Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, said when he blasted off on his first trip to the moon. Why did he say 'Blast Off'? Because a 'Blast off' is what scientists call the launch of a space rocket.

You might think it's a strange thing to call it. But if you've ever seen a rocket launch, you'll understand why it's known as such - it's because a rocket is launched by a massive explosion - aka a blast!

This crazy launch method is reserved purely for rockets. No other vehicle launches in such a way. Explosions, you see, are very dangerous.

And no-one knows this better than the passengers present during the worst blast off.

That blast off occured in America, in 1986. It was the ill-fated Challenger shuttle which, seconds after blast off, crashed into the moon, due to something happening. They all died.
They all, that is, apart from the experimental gerbils, which now live happily in space, slowly orbiting Neptune.

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