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Saturn V rocket model launched in southern Alberta to celebrate moon landing – Lethbridge

The sky is the border and in southern Alberta it was filled with lots of flying rockets on Saturday.

Dozens of amateur rocket enthusiasts from all over Western Canada came out for the 21st Rock Lake rocket launch.

Among all the rockets, it was a special one that had many eager to see it take off.

"We've never seen a rocket like this one built and fled in Canada and we wanted to bring it to our community," said Shane Weatherill, Kronos E Project team member.

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It is called Kronos Pente and is a small-scale model of the famous Saturn V rocket from the Apollo 11 mission. The rocket was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 target landing – but construction was not an easy task.

Picture of Kronos Pente rocket before launch.

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"This project took us about a year and a half to build. It was very challenging. There are many different or innovative ideas that we put into it," says Weatherill.

Despite some setbacks, Kronos Pente still sent high in heaven.

"It was very rewarding to see it fly through the air … It was amazing," said Weatherill.

"We have, of course, a spectacular launch with the Kronos project, but we have also had many other good flights that have gone up," says Tim Rempel, chairman of the Canadian Rocketry Association.

Preparation of Kronos Pente for launch.

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Most of these flights came from a younger generation whose interest in rockets is only climbing.

"I'm here to shoot my rocket and that's my favorite thing to do in the summer," said Gage Westworth, a junior rocketeer.

"This type of event attracts experienced veterans and inspires the children. I think it really helps kids get into science and it builds the future of hobby," added Weatherill.

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The next high-power rocket launch event will be held in September with amateur rocketeers and spectators welcome to attend.

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