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Pioneering rocket should take pride of place on the Isle of Wight

The UK’s only rocket to successfully launch a satellite into orbit is to be unveiled in Scotland, the BBC recently reported. But the first stage of the Black Arrow R3 rocket really belongs on the Isle of Wight.

Black Arrow R3, a British satellite carrier rocket, will go on display after a 10,000-mile journey back home from its crash-landing site at the Anna Creek Cattle Station in the South Australian outback 48 years ago.

For years the remains of Black Arrow R3 have been on display at the William Creek Memorial Park. Extreme Australian weather and vandals have done their worst to what is left of the superstructure.

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