National Park Week Rocket Science 101 Activity

park ranger uses a air pump to launch a rocket
A park ranger launches a paper rocket at the visitor center.


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News Release Date: April 3, 2017

Contact: Joe Brehm, 605 433-5552 ext. 1241

Cactus Flat, SD – With the National Park Service going into year 101, we have decided to embrace the National Park Week theme of “Parks 101” by offering a Rocket Science 101 program. As a part of the celebration of National Park Week, the park will be holding a rocket building workshop for kids of all ages on Saturday April 22nd. Visitors participating will be able to learn  some of the science that allowed the Minuteman Missile to reach its target over 5,000 miles downrange, build a paper rocket to our design, or your own, and test fly it to see how it performs. Come celebrate National Park Week with Minuteman Missile National Historic Site! All ages are welcome for this free event!

                    Rocket Science 101:

What: Paper rocket building workshop

When: Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Where: Minuteman Missile NHS visitor center, just north of exit 131 on I-90

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. More information about the park can be found on the internet at or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Last updated: May 18, 2017

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