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Stephenson built the Rocket for a competition to find a new locomotive for the Manchester and Liverpool Railway – which he won
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It’s Rocket Science

The Rocket remains a symbol of Britain’s industrial triumphs
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In this month's issue… Captain Cook's secret mission Retrace James Cook's 1768 first voyage - a scientific expedition that morphed into a globe-spanning quest to find a lost continent thanks to a set of secret instructions. Plus: Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles; the tragedy of British Tour de France hero Tom Simpson; the fall of the Russian Romanov dynasty; history of chocolate; William Wallace; weird pets; and Palymrene Queen Zenobia takes on Imperial Rome.