Rocket animation Click image to play animation again It is a cold, crisp lunar night. All you can see through the narrow visor of your space helmet is the dark sky pricked with bright stars and the lonely craters on the moon stretching out before you.

As you turn your head slowly in your heavy space suit an enormous pillar of gleaming metal homes into view. Your heart skips a beat. This is the rocket that is going to take you back to earth, but will it have enough energy to launch into space?

Your head spinning, you make the slow ascent into your cabin with your fellow crew members. You strap yourself in to prepare for take off. 7, 6, 5, 4... you hear the powerful motors beneath you roar into action. The cabin violently vibrates. You close your eyes... 3, 2, 1, this is it...

Follow the instructions below and find out how fast a rocket launches into the air with our real model rocket. If the launch goes well you never know, you could be an astronaut one day!

To make the rocket you will need…

  • Scissors
  • Glue (or sellotape)
  • Colouring pens
  • 35mm film case with lid

To launch the rocket you will need…*

  • An alka seltzer tablet
  • Water

What to do...

  • Download and print out the instructions and the rocket template (below).
  • First colour in the rocket, then construct the model following the instructions.

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*Warning: please ask a grown-up for help with this


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