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Puerto Rico 2009

2000 Division of Planetary Sciences meeting at Fajardo - Can you say Nerds in paradise? Well, it was - sun, warm breezes, drinks with little umbrellas on a beach, plus a whole lot of interesting science talks. What more can you ask for? Money... The place, albeit it nice, was expensive; try $15 for a hamburger!
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Oracle video - September 17, 2005

A few years back, Estes released its Oracle video camera and carrier rocket. I bought one, even though it doesn't have sound, and have launched it a couple of times. You need to bring your computer to the field with this puppy, 'cuz when it turns off, the video goes bye-bye.
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TARC 2009

It was a good year for Stone Middle School, who made it to Nationals. A not so great year for moi, whose 5 engine cluster - based on a Big Bertha - pushed the limit of what I could easily do with clip whips. The rocket core sampled when the central E9 failed to light, reminding me of the value of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle.
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STS-26 (Post-Challenger Return to Flight) - September 9, 1988

Yep, I was there - at the NASA Causeway - with my grad school buddies, all awaiting the launch of Discovery and the re-start of Shuttle flights. After two years of downtime, we were thrilled to see Shuttles flying once more. Nothing beats a Shuttle launch... I will miss them after they are retired...