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LIFE Magazine, December 16, 1957, features amateur rockets Print E-mail PDF
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Click to view - Adobe PDF"If U.S. educators now start to put added emphasis on science in the schools they should find an eager, built-in market for it. Last week U.S. youngsters seemed to be firing off rockets all over the place. In Minnesota a high school group sent one rocket about 1,700 feet into the air with a mouse as a passenger. The mouse died when the rocket hit earth, but the students are going to try again with a tiny ejection seat for the mouse. Many of the student rockets failed to go off and others took an erratic course. A fatality occurred in Texas when a high school science teacher was killed and six students were injured in an effort to fire a small test rocket on the school sidewalk," read the opening paragraph of the December 16, 1957 issue of LIFE magazine article on amateur rocketry.

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