The launch


NASA was getting ready to launch a very important space shuttle.

Space shuttle launch

The scientists and engineers checked and double-checked everything to make sure that things were fine.

However, on the day of the launch, something seemed to be wrong. The rocket made all sorts of noise but never took off, not even an inch from the ground. The engineers were puzzled because they could not figure out the problem.

Finally, Manjit, a Sardar offered to help. The NASA scientists were desperate by that time and agreed to do anything.

“Tilt the rocket 45 degrees to the right,” said Manjit in a serious voice. The engineers were puzzled but did it anyway.

“Bring it back to vertical position,” Manjit added. The engineers did.

“Now start the engines,” instructed Manjit. The rocket took off and flew into space. Everybody thanked and congratulated Manjit and asked him how he knew what to do.

He shook his head matter-of-factly and replied, “It is very simple. This is what we always do with our Bajaj scooters in India.”


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