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NASA Rocket Loses Payload Carrying Student Experiments

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Wednesday morning's sounding rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. (Photo: NASA) Wednesday morning's sounding rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. (Photo: NASA)

CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, Va. (AP/WBOC)- NASA says it lost the payload of a suborbital rocket carrying student experiments into the atmosphere.
    
The agency said in a statement that the rocket launched at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday from the Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island carried instruments, including high definition cameras, about 95 miles above the earth.
    
NASA spokesman Keith Koehler said by telephone that data was received from most of the experiments but the instruments were lost on the return to the Atlantic Ocean, where they were supposed to be recovered. The payload containing the equipment is a 20-foot long tube that sat atop the rocket.
    
Koehler said a parachute was supposed open around 20,000 feet, but it's unclear if that happened. The payload contained experiments from eight universities and community colleges from across the country.

NASA will investigate the payload loss, according to Kohler. 

The next sounding rocket launch from Wallops is a Black Brant IX, currently scheduled for December.

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