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Make: Planes, Gliders and Paper Rockets by James Floyd Kelly, Rick Schertle

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Chapter 4. Rockets Revisited

“We had gone from sitting still on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to traveling at 17,500 miles an hour in that eight and a half minutes. It is still mind-boggling to me.”

—Bob Crippen, STS-1 astronaut, regarding the first flight of the Space Shuttle, April 12, 1981

There’s no doubt that building and launching rockets is a favorite activity of many kids and adults. For that reason, we’ve included some bonus rocket projects in this chapter that will really give you a variety of rockets and more hands-on rocket time.

We recommend that students start with the paper rockets back in Chapter 2. First, they’re easier to build. Second, students will likely discover weaknesses in those types of rockets that ...

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