Maker Happy Blastoff

Smoke, sound, and fury at the Large Dangerous Rocket Ship launchpad.

By William Gurstelle

Happy, Texas, (or “The Town Without a Frown” as it is called locally) is disproportionately well-known considering it is pretty much just a wide spot in the road: a Texas Panhandle cow town with a population of 647. The 1999 movie Happy, Texas, starring Steve Zahn and William H. Macy, gave the town a modicum of national attention. More recently, Happy was the default location for the weather box on Google’s personalized home pages.


A split second after the main rocket engine ignites, the launchpad is engulfed in smoke and flame.

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