Montclair resident and space program enthusiast Ted Dupont is planning on launching a scale model Saturn V moon rocket Saturday at Northeast School (603 Grove Street, Montclair) to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing.
This 1/200-scale model rocket, manufactured by industry leader Estes Industries, is a safe, lightweight plastic flying model, Dupont says, that will fly to an altitude of 200 feet, then return safely to earth via parachute.
Dupont plants to launch at 9:56 a.m. sharp on Saturday, July 20 (exactly 12 hours before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon’s surface). Timing and launch will depend on weather conditions.
“There is no more exciting way to celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing than by launching a scale model rocket in Buzz Aldrin’s hometown,” says Dupont, who adds he would love for people to join him and see the launch.