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NASA Sounding Rocket Launch With Student Payloads Successful

By SpaceRef Editor
June 27, 2009
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NASA Sounding Rocket Launch With Student Payloads Successful

Nearly 100 university instructors and students saw their experiments rise to the sky at 5:30 a.m. this morning (26 June) with the successful launch of a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

During the past week the students have been at Wallops preparing their experiments through the week-long RockOn/RockSat workshop. The program is conducted in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a hands-on learning experience for future scientists and engineers that could one day be involved in flying rocket experiments.  The two-stage Terrier-Orion rocket carried the experiments to an altitude of 73 miles. 

The experiments were recovered and the students will begin analyzing their results this afternoon.
Keith Koehler

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