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Thursday, October 11, 2012

NM State Rocket Launch

# Statewide Rocket Launch by 100 New Mexico Students on October 11 to
Commemorate Centennial and state's history of rocket science #

This Thursday, October 11, KGLP will participate in a very Special Broadcast,
in collaboration with several area schools, other New Mexico Public Radio
Stations, NASA, PNM, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

New Mexico’s Centennial Rocket Project is one hundred rockets built and
launched simultaneously from one hundred schools, to celebrate one hundred
years of New Mexico’s statehood.  

This Thursday morning at 10:30, these students will fire off large model
rockets as part of the Centennial Rocket Project, tuning in to KGLP and other
Public Radio stations across New Mexico, as the Countdown to 10:30 a.m. is
announced by current International Space Station Commander, NASA’s Sunita
Williams, of the Expedition 33 crew.

Rocket kits were sent to schools around the state so students could build,
decorate and launch the rockets to commemorate New Mexico's long history of
contributions to rocketry and the exploration of space.

The special broadcast of the Centennial Rocket Launch scheduled to air this
Thursday morning from 10:28 until exactly 10:30 is brought to you as a
community service by New Mexico’s public radio stations, including KGLP,
91.7 FM.

---- Press Release ---

•    100 Rockets
•    100 Schools
•    100 Years of New Mexico’s statehood
(Santa Fe, September 24, 2012)—High above earth the International Space
Station crew members will welcome New Mexico teachers and students and  will
commence the countdown – “10-9-8 …3 – 2 – 1 Blast Off!” – as 100
rockets from 100 New Mexico schoolyards will launch simultaneously skyward
(weather and safety conditions permitting) on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at
10:30 a.m.
New Mexico has a long and illustrious association with rocketry and space
exploration. The Centennial Rocket Project was designed to focus on our great
state’s rich history, while embracing the future of rocketry and science and
honoring New Mexico educators and school children. The educational project
commemorates New Mexico’s Centennial celebration and another very special
anniversary as well - the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17.

The Centennial Rocket Project is a multi-faceted enterprise that provides a
Large Model Rocket (LMR) to 100 participating teachers/schools (one rocket per
school) complete with instructions for assembly and launch, an accompanying
lesson plan/curriculum focusing on New Mexico’s rich history in rocketry and
science, a commemorative classroom poster, and a copy of the classic
inspirational film October Sky. The kit also includes special commemorative
bracelets for students directly involved in the building of each rocket.

“The Centennial Rocket Project is truly a statewide celebration as it unites
New Mexico’s educators and school children, representing nearly every county
in New Mexico, as they launch their model rocket from their respective
schools,” noted project creators Ona Johnson, Director of New Mexico
Centennial, and Tomas Jaehn, Librarian/Archivist of the Fray Angélico Chávez
History Library at the New Mexico History Museum.

The Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM, is also on board with the
Centennial Rocket Project, and will be providing Space Trails information
packets for each participating teacher’s classroom.
The Centennial Rocket Project is a collaborative project made possible by the
generosity and support of the New Mexico Centennial Foundation; the New Mexico
Department of Cultural Affairs; PNM Resources; and NASA.
The countdown will be transmitted statewide through the airwaves of KUNM in
Albuquerque, KENW in Portales, KRWG in Las Cruces, KGLP in Gallup and KSJE in

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