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Rocket Carrying Student Experiments Launched from Wallops

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(Credits: NASA / Jamie Adkins) (Credits: NASA / Jamie Adkins)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP) - A rocket carrying student experiments has been launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says it launched the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday from the Wallops Island Flight Facility. The rocket descended by parachute into the Atlantic Ocean after flying to an altitude of about 97 miles.

NASA says in a news release that the launch was witnessed by more than 60 university and college students and instructors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Students from seven higher education programs across the nation developed the experiments through the RockSat-X program in conjunction with the Colorardo 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, Md.; and University of Hawai'i Community Colleges at the Honolulu, Kapi'olani, Kaua'i, and Windward campuses.

The next launch scheduled from Wallops is a NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket carrying several technology development instruments. The launch is scheduled between 7 and 7:41 p.m. Sept. 29.  The backup launch days are Sept. 30 through Oct. 12.

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