Two best friends follow the century-old trail of a mysterious Baltimore rocket builder and the spaceship he built that would rocket him to Venus.
Geoff Danek, a Hampden, Baltimore restaurant owner, buys a house closer to his work… When a friend shows him an article about three guys who supposedly built a rocket to Venus in his garage, he talks his childhood buddy and business partner Brian “Buck” Carey into helping him find out more about these amateur scientists.
Rocket To Venus follows Geoff and Buck on a cross-county road trip retracing the steps of Robert Condit, the “mathematical genius” who, with the help of brothers Harry and Sterling Uhler, built a rocket in Geoff’s small garage nearly a century ago.
From Baltimore to Miami and points beyond, they’re tracking down family, friends, or anyone else who can get them closer to finding the rocket – and closer to discovering who Robert Condit was – a rocket builder who believed he could blast himself into space and onto Venus. It’s a trail of rocket fuel and money, in search of a spaceship, and ultimately unravel this head-scratching, science-defying mystery.
This crazy true story follows two best friends uncovering an outrageous tale about three men who built a bullet-shaped spacecraft and aimed it at an impossible destination! But beneath all this craziness is an internal spirit of a time in history when anything was possible. A time when people weren’t inhibited by their perceived limitations.
By telling this story from Baltimore’s eclectic history, we hope to open the intersection of science and community. Rocket To Venus is a window into Baltimore’s past, telling a story of men pushing past their limits and testing the impossible. At the core is a story of friendship and perseverance. A reach for the stars, anything’s possible, can-do spirit that lies within us all.
As H.G. Wells once said, “Human history in essence, is the history of ideas.”
Baltimore is a “build it” town. Dream it and do it. It’s a spirit that’s embodied the people here for centuries. We aim to harness that spirit and enthusiasm of dreaming big and building something even bigger. Our mission is to bring this story to the world. Along the way, we hope to inspire the young and young at heart to follow their interests and scientific curiosity. And, as a way to inspire budding astrophysicists, our goal is to create a summer STEM Replica Rocket Build Challenge Program where Baltimore City and surrounding counties public school children can attend this unique STEM-based retreat, so they too can reach for the stars.