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SAN CLEMENTE, -(CA)- About 20 young “rocket scientists” propelled 2-liter plastic bottles skyward Friday as theĀ Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area in San Clemente culminated its spring break program with a hot dog cookout and the first Rocket Regatta.

The kids formed teams to decorate and engineer fins, nose cones and parachutes for the rockets, which they partially filled with water and attached to a launch pad. The rockets were then filled with air from a bicycle pump. Two large nails held the rockets in place until pulled out by a string, which allowed the compressed air to use the water to send the rockets skyward.

The final touch.

Some rockets failed at the launch pad, but most sailed upward until running out of water, floating gently back to earth.

Chocolate rabbits were awarded to the makers of the Best Decorated, Most Outstanding and Highest Flying rockets.

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