Friday, January 27, 2006

Real ‘Myst’ Rocket Located...And Staying Put

LIVERMORE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man who recreated the rocket from the video game Myst says although it was designed to fly, he’s not sure it ever will.

Design Engineer Jack Hagerty says he built the three-and-a- half-foot Myst rocket back in 1997 to compete in a rocketry meet, but changed his tune about launching it once he arrived.

In his words, “I had already invested a thousand dollars in it. I didn’t want to lose it!”

Hagerty explains prior to the event, he was given model sheets from the company that created Myst and spent “a couple hundred hours” over five months building the rocket to scale.

It’s been almost ten years since the competition, and Hagerty admits he’s still not ready to let go of his baby. He reasons, “It’s way too handy as a prop.”

His love for unlaunched models is rocketing changes. At the National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet on July 30 this year, there will be a new category called “Science Fiction and Future Scale” so people can admire the rockets without having to launch them.

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