Watch Space Camp Launch Nearly 5,000 Model Rockets for Apollo 11 (and Seek a World Record)

Space.com | 7/16/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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Call it one giant leap for model rocketry.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 launch to the moon Tuesday (July 16), the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama(home of Space Camp) succeeded in sending aloft nearly 5,000 model rockets at the exact moment Apollo 11 lifted off decades ago — 8:32 a.m. local time (9:32 a.m. EDT or 1332 GMT) on Monday (July 16).

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This may be a record-breaking attempt, although it will take the Guinness Book of World Records between 12 to 16 weeks to certify the results, representatives said. In the meantime, the 2,500 or so people in attendance said they were thrilled to watch the fireworks.

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This still from a Boeing video shows nearly 5,000 model rockets launching from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, in pursuit of a Guinness World Record on July 16, 2019, the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon launch.

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Jody Singer (far right) director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, celebrates as thousands of model rockets launch at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on July 16, 2019. Also looking on (from left) are retired Marshall engineer Brooks Moore, Apollo 15 command module pilot Al Worden and Space Camp veteran Lillian Duran.

Space Camp participants in yellow and nearly 2,500 onlookers await the launch of 5,000 model rockets on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission launch at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on July 16, 2019.

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Ernesto Quinteros (left) and his son Lucas, 11, pose for a photo at Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama where officials launched nearly 5,000 rockets on July 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo...
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