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What were early rockets made from?

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June 19, 2007 2:51PM

The earliest rockets were made from black powder. The Chinese invented black powder and used them in simple rockets like you would buy today to celebrate the Fourth of July. The loose black powder was packed into rolled paper and a fuse was inserted that is made from paper and black powder. Later, rockets were made by forming black powder into a paste and molding it as a solid into a rocket chamber. This requires a little more skill and is very dangerous operation.