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Rocket to Imagination

Is it really zero gravity?

Did you ever wonder what it would feel like to be an astronaut?  This will give you an idea of what it is like in zero gravity.

Rocket Boy - Homer Hickam, Jr.

Imagine that you are back in 1957, on October 4th when the USSR launched the first artificial satellite to be placed in orbit around the Earth.  A young 14 year old boy, named Homer Hickam, saw that satellite, which was called Sputnik, as it crossed over his town of Coalwood, West Viriginia.  The little satellite sparked his imagination and led him on a path to form, with his high school buddies, the Big Creek Missile Agency.  With the help of a dedicated teacher and the townspeople of Coalwood, these young men relentlessly pursued rocketry and impossible dreams.  Homer wrote about their story in his book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, which eventually became the motion picture "October Sky".

Sputnik Satellite - The Space Race Begins

Read more about Sputnik at:

Rocket Scientist - Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born on October 5th, 1882. For information about Goddard and his rockets see:

Human Space Flight - Gregory H. Johnson

NASA Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was 7 years old, but to actually be one of those selected in 1998 surprised him!  Find out what steps it took to put himself at the top of his class.


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Last Updated:
23 June 2006

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