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NASA Postpones Rocket Launch from Wallops Due to Weather

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP)- NASA says it has postponed the launch of a rocket carrying student experiments because of poor weather.

The two-staged Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket had been scheduled to launch Tuesday morning from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says the launch has been rescheduled for Wednesday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday are backup launch dates.

Community college and undergraduate students from seven higher education programs across the nation developed the experiments through the RockSat-X program in conjunction with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.

Participating institutions in this flight are the University of Colorado, Boulder; Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho; the University of Puerto Rico; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg; Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Maryland; and University of Hawai'i Community Colleges at the Honolulu, Kapi'olani, Kaua'i, and Windward campuses.

Phil Eberspeaker, chief of the Sounding Rocket Program Office at Wallops, said, “This is the fifth flight of a RockSat-X payload. The program has provided students a way to not only showcase their skills, but also challenge them in developing experiments for suborbital flight. We are thrilled to be part of a program that encourages students to expand their capabilities.”

The payload, with the experiments, will descend by parachute and is expected to land 15 minutes after launch in the Atlantic Ocean, about 63 miles off the Virginia coast. The experiments and any stored data will be provided to the students later in the day following recovery.

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