• Question: Hi charlie! Could this rocket blow up and possibly destroy the earth?

    Asked by victorsimthegreatscientist to Charlie on 25 Mar 2011.
    • Photo: Charlie Ryan

      Charlie Ryan answered on 25 Mar 2011:

      hi victor again!
      No it couldn’t!! The thrust from the rocket is very small so is of no danger. And its not a chemical rocket – it doesn’t burn things to make thrust – so it doesn’t have a hot exhaust. It expels ions to gently push the spacecraft along – an ion thruster! The fuel we use is not explosive – thankfully!