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Astronaut Barbara Morgan observes a student working on a computer Visit the NASA Education website. You'll discover a wealth of information including a list of current opportunities; education related feature stories; and contact information for project representatives.
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How Do Rockets Stack Up?

How do rockets stack up Compare the parts of a model rocket with the parts of five NASA launch vehicles. Credit: NASA

Welcome, future rocket scientists!

How does a model rocket stack up against the big guys? Select a rocket and find out.

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Special Announcement

NASA Recommends Discontinuation of Student Rocket Activity

Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA's Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.

Basic Steps to Launch a Rocket

1. Main Engine ignites and liftoff occurs.
2. Solid rocket boosters burn off their fuel and separate from the rocket.
3. Booster burns off fuel and jettisons from the rocket. The second stage or engine is revealed.
4. Second stage ignites and pushes the rocket farther along its path.
5. Payload fairing jettisons and reveals the payload.
6. The payload separates from the rocket and begins its mission in space.

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Page Last Updated: December 27th, 2016
Page Editor: Sandra May