NASA launches rocket carrying student experiments from Wallops Island Flight Facility
NASA has revealed that a rocket carrying student experiments has been launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore. NASA said it was 6:04am Wednesday when the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket lifted off from the Wallops Island Flight Facility.
The rocket flew to an altitude of about 97 miles before descending with the help of a parachute into the Atlantic Ocean.
More than 60 university and college students and instructors from across the U. S. and Puerto Rico witnessed the launch, said NASA in a news release.
Under the RockSat-X program, students from seven higher education program across the nation developed the experiments.
Wait was on for those students who wanted to see their experiment in space as NASA cancelled plans of a Tuesday launch that was scheduled to be held from eastern Virginia's Wallops Flight Facility.
The backup launch days were Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A group of Virginia Tech College of Engineering students would soon see how a 3-D printer works in microgravity of suborbital space. The 3D printer was required to survive a jarring ride 100 miles above the earth before yielding results.
Virginia Tech said a 900-pound NASA two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket carried the experiment into space.
"We are thrilled to be part of a program that encourages students to expand their capabilities", said Virginia Tech RockSat-X team leader Sebastian Welsh of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and senior in the Department of Computer Science.
Seven universities participated in the launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, that was initially set for 6 am Tuesday, August 11.
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