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IS THAT A ROCKET OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME?

A Homemade Rocket with an On-Board Camera Reached an Altitude of 121,000 Feet

Here's some science trivia you probably didn't know:  The official edge of space is 62 miles up . . . or about 327,000 feet. And the first homemade rocket to reach it was launched by a team of amateurs in 2004 . . . reaching an official height of just over 380,000 feet. I only mention it because an amateur named Derek Deville just launched a homemade rocket from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.  And it didn't go nearly that high.  But the videos of it are great. The rocket reached 121,000 feet, while an on-board camera got footage of the whole thing.  And even though it's not OFFICIALLY outer space . . . it sure looks like it from 121,000 feet up. A video on YouTube shows the launch from the ground, and from the camera strapped to the rocket.  Then it shows the parachute deploy before it falls back to Earth.  From start to finish, the whole thing took less than 15 minutes. Below is a highlight video. For the full 16 minute video CLICK HERE [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/5HTwbpjBUOk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


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10/12/2011 3:56AM
IS THAT A ROCKET OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME?
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