Milton 'Apollo 11' remembered

Technology teacher Neil Armstrong prepares the rocket for launch at Tokomairiro High School on...
Technology teacher Neil Armstrong prepares the rocket for launch at Tokomairiro High School on Friday. Photo by Glenn Conway.
It was not exactly Apollo 11 but there were rockets and a man called Neil Armstrong around Milton on Friday.

The year 10 technology class at Tokomairiro High School was commemorating the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

Their own Neil Armstrong, the technology teacher, has been guiding the pupils through the project.

After making 10 prototype rockets and holding test launches, the class showed off its efforts.

Using a compressor for pressure, the slim 400mm by 30mm plastic rocket was placed on the "launch pad" before a button released the pressure underneath to send the rocket into the sky.

In some attempts it reached upwards of 200m before plummeting to earth complete with parachute.

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