Human Spaceflight became a reality 51 years ago with the launch of a capsule called "Vostok 1" on April 12th, 1961. The capsule was carrying Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who took his place in history as the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.
Every year, thousands of space enthusiasts gather around the world for Yuri's Night to remember and celebrate this monumental achievement which opened the floodgates to manned exploration of outer space. This year's theme is Make an Impact.
One of SARA's commitments is outreach to the community, encouraging young people's interest in math and science through rocketry. We will again be participating in the Yuri's Night celebration at the Pima Air and Space Museum on April 13th from 5PM - 9PM.
The Pima Air & Space Museum will bring community Space Science educators to the museum for an evening of hands on learning and inspiration for children of all ages. The event includes hands on activities and historical connections to manned space flight with lectures and demonstrations by local science educators.
Admission after 5:00pm is $10.00 for adults and children 12 and under free. Last admission is at 8:00pm.
The Flight Grill will be open for dinner.
Special thanks go out to those who participated in our very successful raffle that included two rocket kits and five back issues of Extreme Rocketry magazine.
Congratulations go out to Taylor Thompson (pictured on the left), the winner of the grand prize, a Flip Video MinoHD Camera. Also pictured is Lexi Thompson (holding Flip camera) and Rachel Relitz.
The SARA launch on Saturday, February 25 began with clear blue skies, pleasant temperatures, and a slight wind. It was the kind of day that reminds us why we love the Tucson climate (at least until June rolls around). Fears that the winds would increase as the morning wore on, as they often do, were unfounded this day. In fact, the winds slowly decreased throughout the morning, providing perfect conditions for flying rockets large and small.
134 flights were launched, with 120 model rockets and 14 rockets using high power motors. While every flight is special to the builder of the rocket, a few launches particularly stood out. Steve Lubliner launched two different rockets that used helicopter recovery; both flew beautifully and landed as light as a feather, drawing applause from the assembled crowd. An usual high-drag design made from a plastic champagne glass flew well on its maiden flight. Rent-a-rocs were also popular, helping to introduce new fliers to this exciting hobby.
The breakdown of motors flown includes some clusters and two-stage rockets, which is why the total number of motors is higher than the total number of flights:
1/2A – 2; A – 28; B – 14; C – 41; D – 17; E – 8; F – 9; G – 6; H – 3; I – 7; J – 3
SARA will be participating in the Science in the City event presented by 2nd Saturdays Downtown (yes, we know this is the 3rd Saturday) and the Arizona SCITECH festival on February 18, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. We will be in the "Interactive Park" on Congress between Scott & Stone, and there is no admission cost.
Bring the family and participate in an afternoon of interactive science and technology activities.
•engage in exciting discussions and see fascinating demonstrations hosted by Downtown merchants and Tucson education and technology organizations.
•connect with schools, colleges, and educational organizations and see innovative K-12 science, engineering & technology student projects and school programs.
•meet some of Arizona's amazing science and technology innovators working at the cutting edge of science and technology and get immersed in interactive science and technology activities such as Zero Gravity, rocketry, and the Mathematics Road Show.
The photo collection is featured in the Galleries and multimedia section of the Web site. Many SARA members and spectators are included in his coverage, including Andrea Byrne, Kris Chang, John Comiskey, Steve Lubliner, Jesse Mains, Juliet Mains, Mariah Mains, David Peters, Eddie Peters, Steve Peters, Steven Peugh, Ashlyn Ptashkin, Brad Ptashkin, and Cayden Ptashkin.
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