This is Awesome: U.S. Space Team’s “Up Goer Five”

Article written: 12 Nov , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

xkcd presents a Saturn V schematic using the 1,000 most used English words (

Randall Munroe at xkcd did it again, this time with an illustration of a Saturn V described using only the 1,000 — er, ten hundred — words people use most often. The result is amusing, insightful and, as always, undeniably awesome.

Check out the Saturn-sized full frame comic below.

(And remember, if the end where the fire comes out of  “starts pointing toward space you are having a bad problem and will not go to space today.”)


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8 Responses

  1. Baksa Péter says

    It is interesting that Moon isn’t in the top1000 words.

  2. meekGee says

    … So you can say “landing”, but cannot say “thousand”.

  3. Mikeydude says

    I appreciate the illustration, although I don’t see the need to dumb down the descriptions with this gimmick.

    • addicted4444 says

      It’s a joke. With an impressive scientific background, based on an awesome constraint ie using only the most common words, further revealing awesomeness like “cept” and not except fall in the top 1000 words people use.

    • SINGS: -stick oin thah mu-u-u-d…Don’t be a stick in tha Mu-u-u-ud….-

  4. Torbjörn Larsson says

    This for hand written image is beautiful.

    Ha, “comic” isn’t in there!

  5. Member
    Aqua4U says

    I want space ship go up… not faw down!

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