Monday, June 13, 2011

Model Rockets Part II

A few days ago I celebrated our first real model rocket launch. As we watched the videos of the launch with our kids, I thought back to my visit to Cape Canaveral and how lucky I was my parents dragged us all the way out there to watch a Space Shuttle launch. Sure, my brother and I were a lot more interested in the alligator laying silently in the watery ditch at the side of the road, but I have clear and vivid memories of the smoke suddenly appearing in huge clouds around the base of the launchpad. I remember seeing that surprising arc as the shuttle curved away into the sky.

My kids won't ever see a Space Shuttle launch, according to the current state of the space program. The last shuttle mission is slated for July 8, 2011. I do feel they will see a new phase or incarnation of the space program come into existence in their lifetime. I'm willing to bet they will bring their kids to the launch area and talk about the first model rocket they ever did, back home in Tyler Park.

Big hands and little hands assemble the launch pad

We used a B4-4 engine. It went high enough we lost sight of the rocket for a few seconds!

The Riptide, ready for ignition