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More To Rocketry Than Rockets - Part 2


As I said last month, many of those who enjoy rocketry also bring other hobbies into the rocketry experience and as a follow up to natural segues from rocketry, here are a couple of excellent astrophotography shots from the U.K..


Lee Housdon got this amazing crystal clear shot of M- 51, known as The Whirlpool Galaxy, while attending the recent Big EARS launch in the U.K..

M-51 is a mere 23.1 million lightyears from us which means the night Lee captured this shot, the light had been traveling through space since the Miocene era. Oh you remember the Miocene era, that's around the time cavemen appeared and began launching spears at Mastodons. It would be a while before they launched anything toward the moon.


And speaking of the moon, above, you see another very nice moon shot from Pete Barrett. Pete is always looking for the next great photo. If you've ever seen one of his calendars you know he gets his share of fantastic images. In fact, many of them end up here along with his current calendar!

Sometimes Pete sends us photos and sometimes we... borrow them.



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Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
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Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

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Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


Above you see our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



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How Many Rockets Is Enough?


If you've been flying a while you've probably heard the question, "How many rockets is enough?" It's actually asked quite often, usually by a girlfriend or wife. But of course, there are a lot of women who fly now so maybe there's a man out there some place who has asked his wife.


Usually it's asked in a general manner, so perhaps those who pose the question should be more specific, like how many of a particular rocket, or size, or color. As you look at the photos you may notice that once we decide to build a particular rocket we build multiples of the same one. Most are cloned, we save money that way and we always have the original safely tucked away for future use.


The handsome group above seems to be at attention and facing the wall for some reason; it belongs to Les Randler.

Les has been building and flying for some time now and this is only a small portion of the dozens he's built and flown of the years. More than once Les has sent a large box of previously flown rockets to us, so we could give them away to kids who come to one of our launches without their own rocket. It's a nice surprise for them to be able to fly right away and then take home their first rocket.


Yes, as indicated by the Rocket Babe above we currently have 3 Saturn V's ready to fly on a moment's notice and all of those boxes have unbuilt kits from various eras / issues in them.
Now, back to the topic at hand; how many rockets is enough? I have heard the question asked time and again for more than 40 years and believe it or not there really is an answer and all rocketeers know it so here you go... there is no such thing as having enough.

So, if you live with a rocket junkie save yourself some headaches. Just join them in their addiction and before long you too will be like Verna when she says...

"I love the smell of black power in the morning!"




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


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Bones says...

"It's never enough!"


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


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