Rockets, racing and conjunction
Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate last week and the scheduled rocket launch had to be postponed. No new date has been set yet as our schedule over the next weeks is rather busy with various classified projects. Not only was it too windy to launch rockets but it has also been overcast most of the week so the observation of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction was also put on hold. Finally, however, on Friday night it cleared up and lo and behold there they were, low in the Western night sky shining remarkable bright. It would have been hard to miss this spectacular celestial event.
Instead of launching rockets we ended up racing RC vehicles on the melting ice rink and in the local skatepark. We did manage to get some of the vehicles airborne, so that probably makes up for the missed rocket launch. We also learned that bringing a cool RC vehicle to the skate park is a sure way of making new friends.
This is from the “The Rocket Scientists” blog (