The Science of Rocket Fuel Explained With Plastic Bottles and Slo-Mo

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Rocket engines require two important ingredients to fire: fuel, and an oxidiser. And to get the most bang for your buck with those ingredients, you need to find the perfect recipe. As the BBC's Bang Goes the Theory demonstrates with three plastic bottles, maxing out on either ingredient doesn't produce as effective a chemical reaction as ensuring the two are in perfect balance. There's a reason they call it rocket science after all. [YouTube via The Awesomer]