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 Post subject: Rocket Men
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 6:37 am 
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News from Gurbir Singh (who gave us the Gagarin talk last year):
A brass plaque will be unveiled to a commemorate the Manchester Interplanetary Society on the original site they used to test launch rockets they designed and constructed seventy five years ago.

When: 15:00 – 15:30 Monday 14th May 2012
Where: Clayton Vale, near the city of Manchester stadium.
Refreshments: will be available for small charge. Limited free parking.

Who is invited: Local astronomers, writers in science and sci fi, press, local politicians, members of the local community and members of Salford Astronomical Society & Manchester Astronomical Society and anyone with an interests in history of spaceflight.

Clayton Vale, a stone’s throw from the velodrome in East Manchester, is now a small picturesque park with the river Medlock running through its length. In 1936 and 1937 it was undeveloped and used by the MIS members as launch site to test rockets they designed and built. Their achievements were limited by the prevailing legislation which forced them to use inherently inefficient, solid rocket fuel. Their contemporary rocketry groups in Germany, the Soviet Union and the USA experienced huge success by using liquid fuels.

Full details on his website:

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