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Texas Scouts’ World Record Rocket Launch

by Paul Strauss

This weekend, a group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Austin, Texas set out to break the Guinness World Record for the number of simultaneously launched model rockets.

Troop 990 Rockets

They successfully deployed 965 model rockets at the same instant, smashing the previous record of just under 400 rockets. Check out this video of the launch:

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Congratulations to Cub Scout Pack 990 and Boy Scout Troop 990 for pulling off this amazing feat!

[via Engadget, photos via fauxtoe]

Comments (3):

  1. adam says:

    Pack 990 and Troop 990 stopped at rocket number 965? Weak. Not a future marketer in the bunch.

  2. technabob says:

    Actually, they tried to launch over 1000, but some misfired. Still, it’s a pretty cool feat.

  3. Tom says:

    Amazing!!! This is good that the Boy Scouts of America is keeping the dream of spaceflight alive.

    I am so disappointed in the cancellation of Project Constellation. I just wonder if this new generation will be bound to Low Earth Orbit, or, even worse, if any of them will even get the chance to realize the dream of flying in outer space at all.

    With our myopic leadership, or, rather the absolute failure of leadership from the White House as far as Human Space Exploration is concerned, Americans’ ability to fly in outer space may soon be something remembered as a distant memory, rather than a reality.

    So are will filling these children with a false hope by furthering their frontiers by breaking a record? I hope not!!! Yet our current administration is not concerned with breaking records because they lack the vision that these children’s youth leaders have.

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