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What materials would you use to make a rocket?

Whether it’s a model rocket you build in the backyard or one that launches a space shuttle, there are lots of materials you could use. So, when I saw your question I grabbed my lab coat and safety goggles, and zoomed over to my friend Jake Leachman’s lab. He’s a rocket scientist and engineer at Washington State University.

“Even a summer sausage could be a rocket,” said Leachman. That is, if you don’t get hungry first.

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Meet Dr. Universe

Hi, there. I’m Dr. Universe. Wendy Sue Universe, that is.

Ever since I was a kitten, I’ve been digging in the dirt, gazing at the stars, exploring new places, and searching for answers to all kinds of questions about our world.

Still, some people are surprised when they discover I’m a scientist. After all, it’s not every day you meet a cat in a lab coat.

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So, you want to be a scientist?

You are on your way! If you are thinking about becoming a scientist, reading Ask Dr. Universe is a great place to start. Get your own handy checklist or ask a question.