Wed
Jul 20 2011 10:35am

Tor.com Birthday Estes Rocket Sweepstakes!

Today is our 3rd birthday and the 42nd anniversary of man walking on the moon. The timing of Tor.com’s launch in 2008 and the moon landing anniversary was no accident, of course. The idea being  to link this new community site of ours to the same spirit of exploration and wonder that the moon landing inspired in humanity. Our site’s motto, “Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe.” reflects this desire, and our mascot, Stubby the Rocket, represents a way to achieve it.

So on this day, our 3rd birthday, we have a rocket sweepstakes for you!

Enter in the comments below to win this Estes model rocket kit, and plan an exploration mission of your own. Because you deserve all the wonder that Stubby brings to our office.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, fill out entry on this post beginning at 10:35 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) July 20, 2011. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 p.m. ET July 22, 2011. Void outside of the 50 US and DC and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

86 comments
Jake DeGroot
1. Jake DeGroot
I loved these things as a kid!
Bobby Berry
3. bvberry
I have a nephew that is really into the space program and would love this.
Jake DeGroot
5. eugaet
Thanks for the contest!
Jake DeGroot
6. RLBrown
Estes needs to make a Stubby model rocket!
Jake DeGroot
8. cnote
This needs to come to me...and D.C. Yeah...think about it, there might be some national news coverage here for Tor.com.
Jake DeGroot
9. bluewoad
Brings back memories as a kid.
John Reynolds
10. jowreyno
They closed all the old places that I used to buy these things. They are hard to find here in Utah now. I guess online is where to look, but its not the same. My kids love watching and helping, when we can find engines for them.
Jake DeGroot
11. Jon40
I used to launch these when I was a kid. I know just the little guy who would love to see a rocket fly.

Thanks
Damjan Krsteski
13. damk
Wow, nice :-)

I'm in.

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tor.com! Keep up the excellent work.
Jake DeGroot
14. Gorillo
Sweet, count me in!
Jake DeGroot
15. peabody
I too flew these as a kid
Matthew Smith
16. blocksmith
Great idea and great gift for the kids...I like it.
Jake DeGroot
17. nicholas schoonbeck
I haven't had a rocket in a long time! hook me up and make mine TOR!
Peter Czyzewski
18. sebastianelgar
My old ones disappeared a few moves ago, new ones would be fun.
Jake DeGroot
19. clunney
I'd love a rocket kit! I used to have these as a kid, and they're a lot of fun for the kids to put together and launch.
Jake DeGroot
20. Carl V.
What a great idea for a giveaway. Please sign me up, I know a child that would be thrilled with this. And I'll admit I'd be thrilled to watch him do it. :)
Darice Moore
21. daricemoore
This is fantastic! My kids have "stomp rockets" but I remember having great fun with my Estes rocket (it was a Mosquito; I'm sure it's crumbled remains have by now disappeared from the orange grove next to the elementary school...)
Jake DeGroot
23. El_Kabong
Happy Birthday!
Ursula L
24. Ursula
Coolness! And happy birthday!

Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes,
Hippo Birdie Two Ewes,
Hippo Birdie Deer Tor!
Hippo Birdie Two Ewes!
Jake DeGroot
28. Gilgamesh1
Rockets are cool.
James Felling
32. Maltheos
Happy Birthday. Those things were so awesome as a kid.
Jake DeGroot
33. Teri C
hahah! Happy Birthday! That is a great rocket ;)
Dave Miller
34. Borogove
Had a bunch of these as a kid. Made the mistake of launching one on a windy day and never saw it agin. :(
S Cooper
35. SPC
Very fond memories of model rockets. Happy birthday!
Jake DeGroot
36. weaver315
I have two rockets ready to go.
Jake DeGroot
37. Ewan
This would be awesome: my son built and flew his first rocket at camp this past week, and it would be fabulous to build on that joy..
Irene Gallo
38. Irene


I bought my older brother an Estes Rocket for Christmas this year, for old times sake. So. Much. fun.

Jake DeGroot
39. Justin T
Happy birthday Tor.com! Today happens to be my birthday as well. You're doing incredibly well for your age. On my third birthday I mostly stumbled around and couldn't control my own bowels. Also, when I was three the moon landing was celebrating it's 15th anniversary. If I'd been older I might have gotten Neil a nice crystal vase or something. Anyway, here's to many more years of exploring!
Jake DeGroot
40. Rob Blake
Wow - used to do this *years* ago. I could do this with my grandson !!
James Jurack
41. jorenko
I am a fan of model rockets and free stuff, so count me in! And happy birthday!
Lon Kelley
42. Mathguy
This would be a fun thing to take my kids out and go do.

Happy Birthday, tor.com.
Chris Battey
43. DarthParadox
Ah, memories of childhood. It's been way too long since I launched a rocket.
Melissa Shumake
44. cherie_2137
just what i need to wake up my boring summer in a college town with all my friends gone...
Mitch Mildon
45. mfm028
I think I'd love this more than my kids!
Jake DeGroot
46. Jobi-Wan
Happy Bday Tor, this rocket looks fun, I think my dogs would hate it.
A.J. Bobo
47. Daedylus
I've tried posting here twice already today. Third time's the charm?

The last time I built one of these rockets was around 20 years ago. Man, that was fun.
David Bennett
49. ergowa
The old Estes Super Flea reminds me of Stubby. I've also lost at least one of those and a couple others in trees in years past. Perhaps it's time to introduce my daughter to the joys of losing rockets in the fields and forests.

What a great contest!
Jake DeGroot
50. Jim Sharkey
My son would love one of those(and I would too of course!)
Jake DeGroot
51. sam w
I had so much fun with one when I was young.
Jake DeGroot
57. scotchgrrl
Rockets are the awesomest!
Jake DeGroot
61. Gwendolynkay
Fly me to the moon!
Jake DeGroot
62. Kvon
Happy birthday!
William Fee
64. WTBFee
Great that you're still here. My kids would love this.
Jake DeGroot
65. Ande
I remember things like this from my youth - now my grandchildfren may - please enter me in the sweepstakes.
Jake DeGroot
66. Ande
I remember things like this from my youth - now my grandchildren may - please enter me in the sweepstakes.
Dan Flippo
67. dflippo
I don't think I've built one of these in 25 years but count me in. :)
Stephen Lyon
68. skaftafell
Launching a rocket
To soar into outer space
Dreaming once again
Jake DeGroot
70. Agninus
I've never had one....
Jake DeGroot
71. nin_shark
So awesome!
Jake DeGroot
73. Laurraine
My husband would love this!
Jeff Dougan
75. jffdougan
this would be a great project to work on with the Grasshopper (age almost 6)! We even have a park within walk/bike-riding distance that would be a good launch site, and I'll promise pictures if we get it. :)
Jake DeGroot
77. John Hattan
Want. My daughter would love this.
Jake DeGroot
78. Jennifer Bagley
I have never used a rocket before, which makes me a little sad. I'd love for my daughters to get the opportunity as I'm trying to figure out ways to encourage them to get into science. This could be one of those ways!
Jake DeGroot
79. Christy H.
Happy Birthday and thanks for the great giveaway!
Richard Beal
80. bealr
Maybe I'll get lucky and at least one of these would fly straight.
Jake DeGroot
81. Michael Kingsley
My first was an Alpha III. And I wish I still had my old copes of Model Rocket News.
Kevin Bolling
83. TexSquid
would love to turn my niece on to rocketry
Jake DeGroot
84. chromiumman
too cool
Dustin Hollis
85. Technomagus
I remember building these as a kid. Time to pass some on to my kids.
Someone needs to cultivate nerd kid rocketry!
Chuck Childers
86. cchilders
This may be the start of my plans for world domination!

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