The vehicle explodes, literally explodes, off the pad. The simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul. The surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul. [...]

A Space Odyssey