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8-Year-Old Barnesville Student Wins Model Rocket Contest at NASA Goddard Visitor Center
Posted 07/22/2015 03:23PM

Barnesville soon-to-be third grader, Ceci, won first place in the junior division (kids under 16) at the 2015 “Lunar” Spot Landing Contest. To commemorate the 46th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, NASA Goddard Visitor Center hosted a model rocket contest conducted by The National Association of Rocketry Headquarters Astro-Modeling Section (NARHAMS).  

Model rocketeers of all ages launched their own rockets using the Space Center’s launch equipment, competing to see whose rocket flight could come closest to reaching the center of a “moon” marked on the ground. Ceci’s rocket  landed just over 14 meters from the flag in the center of the target, earning her a first-place trophy, a new model rocket kit, and hearty congratulations from Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences.

Space enthusiasts interested in launching their own rockets can attend model rocket launches at the Goddard Visitor Center the first Sunday of each month. The NARHAM “Lunar” Spot Landing Contest is held each July.

Photo: Ceci with NARHAMS President, Alex Mankevich

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