Meet Mary Sherman Morgan, rocket scientist, munitions and chemical engineer and one of the most instrumental players in the launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer I (shown above). According to her colleagues she “single-handedly saved America’s space programme”.
Mary started out life as a poor farm girl in North Dakota, her parents chose not to educate her by choice so that she could work on the farm. Eventually, she managed to graduate high school and then ran away from home to go to college and study chemical engineering.
During her studies, WWII broke out and there was a shortage of chemists in the country. Mary was offered a “Top Secret” job at a factory and had to accept without being told what the factory made or what her job would be. It turned out it was a munitions factory – Mary was put in charge of the manufacture of 3 different types of explosive. In her tenure the factory produced over 1 billion pounds of ordnance for WWII.
With the war behind her and after graduating her degree she started working for Rocketdyne under Dr Silverman. In the 1950’s the US was in a race to launch its first satellite into space. American rockets were just not successful, they either couldn’t accelerate to the necessary speed or would blow up on the launch pad. Out of dozens of other engineers Dr Silverman put Mary in charge of solving this problem. She invented Hydyne, a brand new and powerful liquid fuel. In 1958 Explorer I was successfully launched into space using Jupiter-C rockets powered by Hydyne fuel.
Shortly after this success, Mary left the world of work to become a stay at home mum. Much of her work was top secret and she was a very private person - she actively avoided the press. Barely anyone knew about what she did for the space programme. It was only at her funeral did her colleagues begin to share her story. “Mary single-handedly saved America’s space programme” he said “and nobody knows but a handful of old men”
Sources: Sherman-Morgan, BBC
Don’t Touch Girls Forged From Fire
Obviously she’s Wonder Woman. I mean, look at this pose alone.
Friendly reminder that the Duckbill Platypus is not beaver sized but the tiniest most cutest patootie being in existence
i thought these things were the size of like, large cats or something. ITS FUCKING TINY JESUS
"I might flinch the first time you try to touch me-
this doesn’t mean I don’t like you
all it means is that there was one before you who
was not nearly as gentle as you are
and so we must take our time now
we must take our time"
- Fortesa Latifi - To Whoever Is Next (via madgirlf)
Came across this Hallmark card at Walgreens tonight.. I had to do a double take. First time I’ve seen a lesbian Mother’s Day card. :)
So many things happening in this gif:
JLaw sitting on Meryl Streep’s lap
Bradley desperately wanting to take the selfie himself
Ellen accidentally checking Jennifer’s boobs out
Brad Pitt and Lupita’s bro head collision
HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THE HEAD BUMP
i love that meryl streep grabs jennifer lawrence’s hips too and brings her closer
Meet Barbara Cartland, the record breaking sex and romance novelist who invented the long distance aeroplane towed glider. Her concept revolutionised the aero industry and was implemented by armies on all sides of WWII. Aerotow gliders had been used in Germany but only to travel short distances and perform tricks – that wasn’t good enough for Barbara. She worked with two RAF soldiers to build her own long distance glider craft and flew it over 200 miles delivering a sack of airmail. She was also racing passenger train to the destination – Barbara got there first.
Barbara’s achievements in literature usually outshine her aero achievements. She’s published over 700 books and sold over 1 billion copies. She’s the third top selling author of all time behind sitting behind only Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. In 1984 her aero achievements were formally acknowledged, she received the Bishop Wright Air Industry Award for contributions to aviation.
Sources: io9, Sky Men, Cartland, Herftfordshire
Concept art for Tangled (by Craig Mullins)
"We’re not allowed to give lap dances anymore."
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