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Last updated: 08 May 2006 1127 BST
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Norfolk astronomer and Chairman of the Norwich Astronomical Society Mark Thompson tells you how to make a rocket and have lift-off.
Picture: Local astronomer Mark Lawrik-Thompson shows you how to make a rocket
Norfolk astronomer Mark teaches you how to make a rocket

Lift-off! Make this simple rocket and watch it take off to the skies!

Find out how rockets fly

If you want to reach for the stars, make this rocket with our easy instructions.

This rocket can fly a couple of metres into the air and is best launched outside.

Picture: everything you need
Everything you need for your rocket

What you'll need:

Rocket template
A bottle of water
Alka Seltzer
A film canister

Click here to print off the rocket template


Step 1
Cut out the rocket template pieces. You will need the big rectangle piece first.
Step 2
Take the lid off the film canister and use some sellotape to stick the paper to it.
Picture: Step 3
Now roll the paper around the canister and stick with sellotape. The canister should be at the bottom.
Step 4
Take the nosecone template and cut out the triangle to make a cone.
Step 5
Again, use sellotape to stick the ends together. It should look like this.

More instructions: steps 6 - 9 »

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