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Rocket Launches From Va. Carrying Student Projects

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A Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital rocket carrying experiments developed by university students nationwide in the RockSat-X program was successfully launched at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. (Photo: NASA/Chris Perry) A Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital rocket carrying experiments developed by university students nationwide in the RockSat-X program was successfully launched at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. (Photo: NASA/Chris Perry)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP) - A NASA rocket carrying experiments developed by university students from across the nation has been launched from Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket was launched at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 

The experiments were developed through the RockSat-X program with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. Approximately 40 students and instructors were at Wallops to witness the launch.

The rocket was lofted to an altitude of approximately 94 miles above the Atlantic Ocean before landing via parachute about 90 miles from the Wallops Flight Facility. Recovery of the payload is in progress.

The next rocket launch from Wallops is an U.S. Air Force Minotaur V carrying NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer at 11:27 p.m., Sept. 6. The backup launch days will be Sept. 7– 10. LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, surface conditions and environmental influences on lunar dust. NASA said a thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as Mercury, outer planet moons and larger asteroids.
 
For information about NASA's LADEE mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ladee
 


 

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