8-year-old Katie beamed as she waited for the countdown to send her rocket soaring towards the paper moon. This week, she took one small step into the galaxy by launching her own bright red straw rocket as part of Global Rocket Launch Day.
Even though the rockets for the event were made with just paper and tape, it is clear a lot of love went into them. Katie jumped up and down once her rocket hit the paper moon and gleamed as she said, “I can shoot them high in the sky”!
Katie is one of the hundreds of people who gathered at Washington sites stretching from the Museum of Flight in Seattle to Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Headquarters near Renton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by launching thousands of mini rockets into the sky.
Half a century ago, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin launched into space at 9:32 a.m. ET on July 16, 1969 becoming the first humans to step on the lunar surface about four days later.
In Washington, Boeing partnered with the Pacific Science Center, Imagine Children’s Museum, KidsQuest, Children’s Museum of Tacoma and the Museum of Flight to host 20 different events on July 16 that engaged approximately 12,000 youth in building small rockets.
At Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Headquarters, employees gathered to build and launch mini rockets and celebrate this milestone in both United States and Boeing history.
“This is an amazing opportunity” said Milos Vukadinovic, an employee in International Strategy & Business Development within the Business Career Foundation Program. “It helps showcase Boeing and all of the talented people who work here, and also helps showcase to the world how Boeing plays such a key role in aerospace by paying tribute to the past and raising new goals for the future."
“It’s very exciting that we are going back to space and that Boeing has a critical role in the next adventures” said Gina Breukelman, senior manager for Boeing Global Engagement. "From a Boeing Global Engagement perspective, it’s a really exciting way to inspire kids, students and their parents about being our next generation of workforce and being able to help lead on those incredible next missions”
Back at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Katie’s rocket launched successfully and soared high into the sky. She saids not only will she go to the moon one day, but better yet she will be the pilot of the rocket ship that takes her crew there.
To learn more about Boeing’s legacy in space exploration, check out @BoeingSpace on Twitter.
By Tanya Nguyen