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Does a Rocket have a Soul?

“It isn’t alarm and it isn’t dismay; it’s more a certain complex mixture of intense inner pain and a feeling of absolute powerlessness that you experience while watching a crashing rocket approach the ground. Dying before your eyes is a creation with which you have become so intertwined over a period of several years that it sometimes seemed that this inanimate “article” had a soul. Even now it seems to me that each lost rocket has a soul made up of the feelings and experiences of the hundreds of creators of that “article.”

Excerpt from “Rockets and People”, Volume IV:The Moon Race, byBoris Chertok

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Last updated April 5, 2023

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