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NASA Launches Suborbital Rocket Carrying Student Experiments

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Lift-off of the RockOn student payload aboard a NASA sounding rocket. (NASA/Jamie Adkins) Lift-off of the RockOn student payload aboard a NASA sounding rocket. (NASA/Jamie Adkins)
RockOn takes to the skies June 24. (NASA/Jamie Adkins) RockOn takes to the skies June 24. (NASA/Jamie Adkins)

NORFOLK, Va. (WBOC/AP)- NASA says it has successfully launched a suborbital rocket carrying student experiments from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
    
The craft lifted off Friday shortly after 6 a.m. The payload reached an altitude of 74 miles descended by parachute into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Wallops.  Payload recovery is in progress.
    
More than 200 students from middle and high schools and colleges across the country watched the launch at the facility. High school teachers were also there to learn about the basics of rocketry to teach to students back home.
    
The next launch from NASA at Wallops is scheduled for Aug. 16. The rocket will be carrying more student experiments.

Participating RockSat-X schools include Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Maryland; Cartha College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, the University of Hawaii Community College System; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; University of Puerto Rico; and Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

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