an up-and-down, sub-orbital lob such as Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard first rode back in 1961.Balls. Alan Shepard did make a rather impotent sub-orbital lob but Gagarin made a full orbit of the earth before landing. Secondly after throwing in some obligatory guff about global warming, Smith makes his second clanger:
Other rockets run on hydrogen and oxygen, or (as in the case of the Saturn V moon rockets) liquid nitrogenLiquid nitrogen? Does anyone remember Squire's phrase "some product of a university humanities department" well never has there been a more appropriate one. Why can the Guardian not employ journalists who can a least check basic historical facts(try their own website) and if they are going to write about rocket fuels know some basic chemistry. From the wiki on Saturn V rockets:
Fuel Liquid hydrogen andDuh!
P.S. to be correct the first stage burnt a form of kerosene.