In April and May the Explorers built and launched their own rockets. While they did not quite reach orbital velocity, every new space program has to start small. Perhaps one day we will look back on this as the beginning of “one small step for an Explorer, one giant leap for studentkind.”
…one soaring flight for Paper-Rocket-Kind.
Over a month earlier we had spent a session building our rockets and had since more-or-less patiently bided our time while lousy weather covered not only our hometown but most of the Midwest. Mother Nature finally relented and sent us a sunny day, giving us the opportunity to at last launch our air-powered rockets into the sky.