4th March 2009, 05:40 PM
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico USA — Following a 4-3-2-1 countdown, a scaled-down version of the historic Saturn V rocket blasted into the air east of Aggie Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, as dozens of middle schoolers watched. There were plenty of shrieks as the rocket sailed through the air, reached a peak and deployed a parachute that carried it safely back to the ground. Some students even snapped photos with their cell phones. It's the kind of interest David Kovar, a member of the Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts, or FLARE, hoped to see when he helped coordinate the rocket launch with local middle schools.