2012 Ranger Rocket Launch!

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2012 Ranger Rocket Launch!

On Wednesday, April 11, some of Dr. Steve Maier's physics students joined up with Mrs. Vore's Pre-K class and senior citizens out at the Alva Homestead for a rocket launch!  The purpose: to practice the letter "R" and have some fun!

This 4" diameter rocket flew on an Estes G80 motor.  Estimated altitude: 1,200 ft.  Although the flight up was successful, the parachute did not fully deploy.  It landed with a "thud" safely in the field.  Good thing there was a review of the letter "S" for safety just before launching this rocket!

Mrs. Vore had the honor of sending the first rocket into flight.  Her students helped track the rockets once they left the launch pad!

Two rockets landed on a nearby roof, all others were retrieved by physics students.  They also helped prepare the launch field and get the rockets ready for flight.  And they did a good job, too--all rockets successfully launched.

The cool and breezy weather kept some folks inside.  But over 12 rockets were launched, including two drag races. 

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