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Mentos and Diet Coke Rocket

Launch a 2 liter over your house, No promises!
Also please use ccaution when performing this experiment there is always a possibility of injury or damage to property, please launch in wide open area with pleanty of space in all directions and never attempt to launch in the direction of another person as flying 2 liters can hurt!
 
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Step 1: Purchasing!

Go to you local gas station or grocery store and purchase as many materials desired, for one launch you need only:
1- 2 Liter Bottle of Diet or Diet Caffeine Free Coke(Pepsi does not work as well)
2- Mentos(Mint not fruit flavored)

Step 2: Preparation

Chew 1 mentos for approximately 10 seconds
Remove Cap from 2 liter
Press mentos into the center of the cap of the 2 liter
Press whole mentos into cap on top of chewed mentos so that it sticks
Replace Cap

Step 3: Shake and Launch!

Shake bottle so that mentos and Diet Coke mix
Hold Bottle by top with one hand place around the neck so that the bottle is upside down
Swing Bottle over head and slam on ground sideways

Step 4: Liftoff

If slamming process went correctly, the cap of the 2 Liter will hit the ground and break off, diet coke will then be forced out of the neck creating thrust forcing the bottle off the ground in an upward motion. This thrust is greater than the weight (Weight=Mass*acceleration due to gravity) of the bottle(Yes weight is a force) so it propels the bottle in an upward fashion at a great rate of speed reaching a terminal velocity that gives it the capability to reach heights of 40+ feet!

Step 5: Video Proof

Don't think it works well here's some proof!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkkOUPYNs7I
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