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Old 26th November 2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hi, all!

This is the first screenshot of my new project. A radical departure from the previous ones, as it shows the Soviet moon rocket "N1". Four of them were built from 1969 to 1972, all of them crashing soon after take-off. Nothing surprising, here, as the first stage used an incredible thirty engines for take-off! Needless to say, perfectly synchronizing thirty engines developping together 4,800 tons of thrust was impossible for the time.

At the fourth attempt the N1 fell right back on the launching pad, killing more than 100 persons in the process, including a Marshall of the Soviet Union. It took 18 months to rebuild the launch pad, by which time the Soviets had lost the race to the Moon.

As I want to give an idea of the incredible size of the project ( N1 itself was 344 feet high, and the pits for the exhaust flames at take-off were 138 feet deep ) I intend to model part of the launch pad. Not very accurately, because that would be bearly impossible. But giving a reasonable idea of the thing should be within my scope.

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