For Release: July 17, 1996
Catherine E. Watson
Release No. 96-073
NOTE TO EDITORS:
6th Annual National Spaceweek Picnic and Model Rocket
The NASA Langley Chapter of the National Space Society will hold
its annual picnic and model rocket launch Saturday, July 20, from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference
Center. Last year, more than 200 children and adults built and
launched model rockets in celebration of National Spaceweek.
National Space Week is a nationwide celebration of the
anniversaries of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon (July 20, 1969),
the Apollo-Soyuz docking (July 17, 1975) and the Viking landing on
Mars (July 20, 1976).
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can use this event to help fulfill
the requirements for their space exploration badges. Participants
can purchase and build model rockets at the event or bring their
own rockets. Volunteers will be available to help with the
construction of the rocket kits.
In addition, a high-power model rocket built by the NASA Langley
National Space Society also will be on display. This rocket has
been launched several times, reaching heights of more than 2,000
feet. The NASA Langley chapter has helped two local high schools
build and launch similar rockets.
Interviews and photo opportunities are available.
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