How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love … Dust

This is my NEMROC presentation from 2007; about my trip to the Black Rock Desert (Nevada) in September 2007 for the XPRS rocket launch.

Two friends and I (plus the son of one of my friends) drove from Boston to Black Rock in 51 hours, in my 20 year old RV.

The Black Rock Desert is simply … otherworldly.  I love it, but it’s not to everyone’s taste.

There are over 120 slides (mostly pictures) in the PowerPoint file – the images in this post are just a sample.

I’m quite happy with the way most of the photos came out; particularly the ones taken at night.  The Black Rock has really dark night skies – the Milky Way can easily be seen most nights, and came out well in the photos.

The last evening we had a night launch with lights mounted on the rockets, as you can see here.

Night launch

Night launch

I hope to go again the the fall of 2009; if you’re a New England rocketeer and are interested in coming along (and splitting the gas cost – the RV gets 7 mpg), leave a comment.

Click on the link below to download the full set of PowerPoint slides (15 MBytes).