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Rocket Successfully Launches From Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP)- Researchers are studying data on galaxy creation collected by an experiment launched from the Eastern Shore of Virginia's Wallops Flight Facility.

NASA says a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment, or CIBER, was launched at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday. The launch was reportedly seen from as far away as central New Jersey, southwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern North Carolina.

CIBER principal investigator Jamie Bock with the California Institute of Technology says researchers received good data from the rocket's payload.

The experiment will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

The next rocket launch from Wallops is a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket between 5:30 and 10 a.m., June 20. The rocket will be carrying experiments developed by participants in the RockOn and RockSat-C programs conducted jointly with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.

 

 

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