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Rocket Day at St. Mark's Celebrates Apollo 11 Launch
Rocket Day at St. Mark's Celebrates Apollo 11 Launch

On Tuesday, July 16, the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 launch, St. Mark's faculty member Brady Loomer held a celebratory Rocket Day.

At 10:30 a.m. on Thayer Field abutting West Campus, he provided build-your-own air pressure rockets (they can go as high as 1000 feet), stomp rockets, and snap-together model rockets with engines for local kids. In the afternoon, Loomer then launched a scale replica model of the Saturn V in honor of the Apollo 11 launch which first sent men to the moon.

Now entering his ninth year at St. Mark's, Loomer is a teacher in the Science Department. He is the founder of the St. Mark's Space Program, an extension of the School's Exploration Science curriculum, which he also developed. Exploration Science addresses topics related to human beings innate and passionate need to explore and discover. It is a mix of a more traditional survey type astronomy course and coursework focused on other space exploration principles. Students work on understanding basic astronomical concepts, astrophysics, astro-chemistry, and astrobiology, seeking to understand definitions and functions of astronomical bodies, the solar system, the Milky Way, star formation, and basic universe theory. They will explore concepts and issues related to Earth's atmosphere and apply those to understanding how other planets' and moons' atmospheres operate. Much of the curriculum focuses on exploration techniques related to space, how known planets and moons are analyzed and explored and how new stars, planets, and other celestial bodies are discovered through multiple techniques. The program continues by studying the technology and tools necessary to explore space