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Penn State To Commemorate Apollo 11 Mission By Supporting Record-Setting Model Rocket Launch

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Penn State will support the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in its effort to break the Guinness World Record for most model rockets launched simultaneously on Tuesday, July 16. 

The Apollo 11 spaceflight successfully placed commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin on the moon in the first ever lunar landing in 1969.

The Space and Rocket Center will launch 5,000 rockets simultaneously at its Huntsville, Alabama base at the exact time of the Apollo 11 launch. The rockets launched by Penn State will not count toward this total. The free event will be held at the Ag Progress Days site in Ferguson Township from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to the public according to a release.

Penn State will launch 24 rockets at 9:32 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., attendees are invited to launch their own models, the first 50 children ages 7-13 to sign in will be given a rocket kit, and there will be 3D rockets for decorating. The Pasto Agricultural Museum will also host an exhibit on food and exploration alongside space-themed entertainment and other exhibits.

Editors Note: An earlier version of this post indicated that the model rockets launched at Penn State’s event on July 16 would count toward the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s effort to break the Guinness World Record. This indication was incorrect — the Penn State launch is meant only to support the effort, not contribute to it.

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Jim Davidson

Jim is a junior English and history major and the features editor for Onward State. He, like most of the Penn State undergraduate population, is from 'just outside Philadelphia,' and grew up in Spring City, Pennsylvania. He covers a variety of Penn State topics, but spends nine months of every year waiting for the start of soccer season. You can reach him via email at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @messijim.


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