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1 decade 3 years 7 months ago Wednesday, March 15 2006 Mar 15, 2006 Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:20:40 PM CST March 15, 2006 in News

The club attracts people of all ages with rockets of all sizes. Some rocketeers attach cameras to their rockets, while others, like Caleb Knerr, keep it simple.

"I took an 8 by 11 piece of paper, and rolled it up around an engine, and glued some fins on it," he explained.

Rocketeers get involved for different reasons, but all have one thing in common.

"The noise, the fire, the speed, it's just a thrill to watch," said club President Mark Grant. "I flew rockets when I was a kid and, as an adult, I rediscovered rocketry and got into it."

Some more experienced flyers take their hobby to a higher level.

"You simulate your launch on a computer to make sure you have built a safe rocket, that it is going to fly to an altitude, that you have predicted in a straight line that you've anticipated, and that's going to recover safely," Grant explained.

Experienced or not, the club welcomes anyone interested in rocketry. The next scheduled launch date is March 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Reported by Emily Swallow, with producers Emily Sutton and Victoria Millner.

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