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Rocket Club Aims High [VIDEO]

St. Anthony's Rocket Club tests rockets and nerves at Crab Meadow Beach.

For one morning at least, Crab Meadow Beach in Northport was transformed into Rocket City.

The three-year-old St. Anthony’s Rocket Club set up in the parking lot Sunday, and one by one teams blasted off. The frigid air and early launch time did nothing to cool the teenagers’ enthusiasm.

They made final checks of their craft – hollowed out tubes that possessed altimeters, parachutes and an egg – gauged the wind and then fired their rockets skyward. The goal was 750 feet and back in under a minute with the egg shaken but not scrambled. 

No it’s not rocket science.

But St. Anthony’s, which finished 24th in national competition a year ago, did get an invite from NASA. The club will travel to Alabama to launch an eight-foot rocket in a NASA-sponsored competition in April. 

This day was merely about testing, tinkering and camaraderie. That’s all the right stuff for these high flyers.

Carol tonna January 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Good luck to an extraordinary group of young men and women with an amazing moderator. It's a dedicated group that goes out in that cold weather and makes it look fun!! Go St. Anthony's !
John K Massaro January 29, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Awesome! Good luck, guys! That looks like a lot of fun!
Paul Tonna January 29, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Wow, this is fantastic. Go St. Anthony's Rocketeers!!!
George W January 29, 2013 at 02:48 PM
This is great fun. I used to do this with my sons when they were young (about 30 years ago). We never had altimeters, altitude like you've measured, or rockets as big as the one in this video. But it was, if you'll forgive me, a blast. Enjoy.
Stevo January 29, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Good to see kids doing something constructive with there lives! Good luck!
Stevo January 29, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I mean "their" lives!
Jason Molinet January 30, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Fun to watch.

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