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July 8, 2019

Global Rocket Launch - The County Library

Jeff Buydos - Email
(385) 228-2672

Andrea Doubek - Email
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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—The County Library, Clark Planetarium and the City of West Jordan, along with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, are inviting the public to join a worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by launching model rockets at West Jordan’s Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 16, from 10 am–noon.

Several rocket types are welcome at the event, which will include water, air and combustion-powered projectiles that will launch in honor of the mission in which Astronaut Neil Armstrong took “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

“The sixties were in many ways a tough decade for America. It was a period of dramatic social stress,” said Seth Jarvis, Director of Clark Planetarium.  “NASA, and especially our astronauts, were the heroes a stressed-out nation needed to help us feel confident that we could achieve President Kennedy’s vision to send Americans safely to the Moon and back. We proved Americans could successfully and efficiently organize and manage huge, complicated projects, and there was no doubt that America truly had ‘The Right Stuff.’”

West Jordan participants will be joining organizations and participants around the world and are encouraged to share photos and videos of their rocket launches on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube using the hashtag #GlobalRocketLaunch.

“While we’re often thought of for our books, the County Library also offers a number of STEM programs, and regularly partners with the Clark Planetarium to increase our communities’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and math,” County Library Marketing Director Liz Sollis said. “With so many great tech and engineering organizations in and around Salt Lake County, we feel it’s extremely important to increase exposure to STEM activities.”

Representatives from the City of West Jordan, the County Library and Clark Planetarium will be on hand at the historic event honoring not just the Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong, but also the Saturn V moon rocket and fellow astronauts Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

A troop from the Girl Scouts of Utah will assist attendees with the construction of straw rockets. Additionally, Stage 1 rockets with A or B engines will be allowed at the launch. Rockets over Stage 1 with A or B engines will not be allowed at the event.

The event is free and open to the public. For information on this and other library programs and events, visit

What: Global Rocket Launch
When: Tuesday, July 16, 10 am–Noon
Where: Veterans Memorial Park 1985 W 7800 S, West Jordan, UT 


About Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium’s mission is to create and present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder in learning about space and science and to promote greater public awareness of the science in our daily lives. For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium, formerly the Hansen Planetarium, has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science. We engage audiences inside our walls and across the State of Utah in the creative process that is science through educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming, and our IMAX and dome theatres.

About Salt Lake County Library Services

Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

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