Rocket Week

Wallops Flight Facility

A NASA rocket was successfully launched this morning at 6:06 a.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket  carried student experiments.

On hand to watch the launch were more than 200 middle school, high school, community college and university students as part of Rocket Week at the flight facility.  

The rocket rose some 74 miles above the earth before coming down with a parachute in the Atlantic Ocean.

The next suborbital sounding rocket flight is set for mid-August.

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Seventeen educational experiments will be on board a rocket set for launch this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The launch is scheduled for Thursday morning.

University instructors and students from across the country built the experiments. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of about 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.