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SPACE VIDEO: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO in ROCKET & ROLL

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO ROCKET AND ROLL


DISCUSSION

Space comedy entertains in a unique fashion. The subject is a rather serious endeavor considering the dangers of launching a rocket into space. Yet, spoofs like the Abbott and Costello movie ROCKET AND ROCK translate the seriousness of the subject in a lighthearted manner. Even the photo on the movie box is a comedy of space science fallacy. No pair of astronauts could hope to ride a rocket into space perched atop its fuselage holding aerodynamic surfaces (fins) as one might ride a whale in a mainland water show. On ascent the slip-stream of air molecules would quickly strip the hapless spacemen from their saddled positions. Without parachutes, Abbot and Costello would plummet to Earth in a fatal descent.


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