New zealand launches it's first space rocket

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it was there one second, and space-ward bound the next.
After years of research and hours of waiting at the launch site, when the fuse was lit, Atea-1 didn't hang around.
The six metre rocket accelerated to five times the speed of sound. It fizzed, it cracked, and then it was gone.
The day started early. On Great Mercury Island, the private Kiwi paradise owned by Sir Michael Fay, the rocket's technicians had risen around 3am to fuel it up and prepare Atea-1 for launch.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rocket- ... nz-3215332
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3108525 ... t-launches
(video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw2sEaAq3ew

congratulations nz! good work.
 
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Historical mission control recordings:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlMFit6nd6I[/youtube]

Good job :D
 
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