Monday, 21 September 2009

TO A TOP SCIENTIST

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Schoolboy Denis Cox sent the following urgent letter to Woomera's Rocket Range in 1957, the intention being that one of the facility's top scientists would see the plans within, build the rocket ship according to the blueprint and enter Australia into the Space Race. Just weeks previous to the letter being written, the world had emitted a collective gasp following the announcement that the Soviets had trumped the U.S. with the successful launch of  Sputnik 1. Clearly, no-one had anticipated young Denis throwing his hat into the ring on Australia's behalf.

(Update: This post has just been pointed out by nimble-fingered reader Kim. Sadly, it seems Denis never received a reply. Maybe the scientists are still mulling over the 'other details' before responding).

(Update #2: Simon has pointed out this article. The 'scientists' have agreed to reply to Denis. I'd call that a result). 



Transcript

Envelope:

TO A TOP SCIENTIST AT
Woomera
ROCKET RANGE
South Australia

URGENT

Diagram:

MY ROCKET SHIP

AUSTRALIAN MARKINGS

- Pilot Navigator etc.

- Radar ANTENNA

- Radio ARIEL

- AIR TORPEADOS (GUIDED MISSILES)

- 4 Rolls Royce JeT ENGINES

- Jet can be fired individully

YOU PUT IN OTHER DETAILS

Message:

PLEASE WRITE ME A LETTER BACK

HERE IS A ROCKET SHIP DESIGNED BY
DENIS COX
26 CHUTE ST.
MORIALLOC
VICTORIA