Rocketing into my Childhood Hobby of Model Rocketry

In the summer of 1991, I started a new hobby: model rocketry, which started in the 1960’s. After a few weeks of messing around with store bought model rockets, I grew tired and made my own using household items. Sometimes I would even make my own motors using homemade gunpowder, but those never worked out too well as I feared using too much fuel.. Most of the time I used store-bought Estes motors, but the rockets themselves were of my creation. Eventually I grew tired of using household items and headed out to Home Depot for some REAL building materials. As you see in the photo on the far right. It was a big rocket, but don’t worry, it never flew. This hobby forced me to read up on solid & liquid fueled rockets, how they work and their history. I don’t think Robert Goddard had any idea that people would turn his passion for space travel, into a watered-down backyard hobby. And what was my motivation for getting into rocketry?

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Justin M. Salvato

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Seeker of 1980s nostalgia, rummager of vintage computers and player of retro video games.When not writing posts of The Retroist, I'm converting Retroist audio podcasts to Retroist video podcasts.My own videos can be found at
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