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Student Experiments Lift Off From Wallops Flight Facility

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 7:27 AM Updated:
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - After hours of hard work, about 100 undergraduate university and community college students from across the country got to see the results of their labor fly to space on a suborbital sounding rocket when it blasted off early Tuesday morning from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The launch of the 44-foot tall two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket happened at 6:13 a.m. Tuesday from the facility in Accomack County.

After reaching about 98.5 miles altitude, the payload, with the experiments, landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 64 miles off the Virginia coast. NASA said the experiments and any stored data will be provided to the students later in the day following sea recovery of the payload.

The eight experiments are flying through the RockSat-X program in conjunction with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. RockSat-X is the most advanced of NASA’s three-phase sounding rocket program for students, according to NASA.

Participating institutions in this flight are the University of Colorado, Boulder; the University of Puerto Rico; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; University of Kentucky, Lexington; Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Maryland; University of Maryland, College Park; Temple University, Philadelphia.

 
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