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Rockets & Gold: Poker Flat Research Range open house

Fairbanks, Alaska - Situated in the gold-mining district of the Interior,Poker Flat Research Range is a 
research facility dedicated to launching sounding rockets and serving as the home base for the University of 
Alaska’s fleet of unmanned aircraft. As part of Golden Days 2012, Poker Flat will open its gate to the public,
 who can tour key facilities on the lower range, including launch pads, the blockhouse and more on July 19, 
2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. Poker Flat is located at Mile 30 on the Steese Highway in Chatanika.

During the Rockets & Gold: Poker Flat Research Range open house, personnel will be on hand to describe the 
work they do at the range and provide an unmanned aircraft demonstration. Rocket activities for kids will 
also take place. Admission is free at this community event.

Poker Flat was established in 1968 and has drawn scientists from around the world for decades. The range is 
ideal for launching sounding rockets into the aurora borealis and its thousands of acres provide ample space 
for research and testing of unmanned aircraft. The range is the only university-owned sounding rocket range 
in the world. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute operates Poker Flat and works closely 
withNASA, which funds most of the rocket projects that launch from the rangeeach year.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, 907-474-7902, marmian.grimes@alaska.edu. 
Poker Flat Research Range: 907-455-2110.

GOLDEN DAYS 2012 INFORMATION: http://fairbankschamber.org/goldendays/

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