THIS DAY IN SCIENCE: Let's Begin with a Bumper Rocket (Cape Canaveral) in 1950

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This is a classic demonstration that illustrates the power of atmospheric pressure. A small amount of water is heated in a pop can. The can is inverted and submerged in ice-cold water. As a result, the pressure of the gas inside the can is quickly reduced dramatically crushing the can by the pressure of the atmosphere.

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