xkcd Tells Us How to Go to Space!

Remember when someone reimagined David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as “Space Weird Thing,” using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language? xkcd’s Randall Munroe has done the same thing, except this time he’s talking about getting to space in the first place, with a ton of help from Minute Physics. That makes sense, considering that he’s promoting his new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Even better is that the video is ridiculously charming, with explanations about spaceships up-goers like “Actually, it pushes the up-goer away from where the fire comes out. If the fire end points toward space, you are having a bad problem and will not go to space today.”

If you’re good, and lucky, and all the important people say OK, then maybe you can go to space one day. In the meantime, you can watch this video:

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