Terry Carroll cites Sputnik and his interest in rockets as his motivation to attend NC State to study aerospace engineering. Interview on March 24, 2011. (1:10)


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Growing up one of the things that had happened was Sputnik had been shot by the Russians 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:07.732
and I wanted to build rockets. I in fact did this in science fairs, 00:00:07.732 - 00:00:12.778
ll this sort of stuff, from the sixth grade on. 00:00:12.778 - 00:00:15.342
In fact saw Sputnik, you know, when it was launched 00:00:15.342 - 00:00:18.710
and remember falling off the porch as I'm watching it go over. [laughter] 00:00:18.710 - 00:00:23.569
About killed myself. Thought it had hit me or something. 00:00:23.569 - 00:00:29.591
So anyway, I had started building rockets and every year had learned more and more. 00:00:29.591 - 00:00:33.676
Now this was, you know, NASA had not been that old at this particular point 00:00:33.676 - 00:00:37.555
and one of the things was you couldn't get the nice rocket engines you can get now 00:00:37.555 - 00:00:43.329
so I had to mix my own gun powder and that sort of thing and had several of them blow up 00:00:43.329 - 00:00:47.541
so my dad wanted me to have a bunker for that. 00:00:47.541 - 00:00:49.864
So needless to say there were only a handful of schools that you could study aerospace engineering 00:00:49.864 - 00:00:57.386
and fortunately one was in my backyard, so I went down to State and started off to be an aerospace engineer. 00:00:57.386 - 00:01:02.919

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