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Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Launch Commemoration Event

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Event Schedule
9:00 – 1:30 Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Commemoration

We will step through the history of the US vs Russia race to land on the moon by launching scale replicas of the historic Space vehicles: Wac Corporal, V-2, Vostok, Jupiter C, Little Joe, Mercury Redstone dual launch, Mercury Atlas, Gemini Titan, Atlas/Agena, Little Joe II, and Saturn IB.
The culmination of the Commemoration Event with be a 1:100 scale Apollo 13 Launch Reenactment from a working replica of the historic Apollo Launch Pad Complex 39A, complete with countdown audio beginning with President John F. Kennedy’s “We Shall Go to the Moon” speech, followed by historic audio clips from the Apollo 8, 11, and 13 missions.
Prior to each launch the Public Address Announcer will provide an historical prospective of each rocket.

9:30 – 12:30 Sport Launch and Precision Duration Apollo 13 Splashdown Spot Landing Competition

1. Sport Launch
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own rockets and rocket engines to launch with KOSMO and SLRA members after the Apollo 13 Launch Reenactment. Spectators attending this event will be treated to flights of other scale and non-scale rockets creatively crafted by KOSMO and SLRA members.
There will be a limited supply of Take it/Fly it rockets, donated by KOSMO and SLRA members, for young attendees who are interested in joining in on the fun and excitement that is model rocketry. Rocket engines and assistance in prepping the rockets for flight will also be provided free of charge.

2. Precision Duration Apollo 13 Spot Landing Competition
Competition Objective: Achieve a flight duration time as close as possible to 39 seconds (Apollo 13 times 3 astronauts=39 seconds) while attempting to land on a 10’ diameter vinyl Earth that will be positioned in the rocket recovery area. Landing on the Earth takes precedence over duration score (difference between flight duration time and 39 second target time). If more than one competitor, within the same Class, lands on Earth; the tie breaker will be determined by their duration scores. If no-one in the Class lands on Earth then rankings will be based solely on flight duration scores.


April 4
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Kansas State Fairgrounds
2000 N Poplar St
Hutchinson, KS 67502 United States
(620) 669-3600


(316) 640-8715

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