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Rocket Carrying Experiments Launched From VA

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A big finale for Rocket Week as a sub orbital rocket carrying experiments designed and built by more than 100 young minds, launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia Thursday morning.

Fascination and awe as the NASA Terrior-Improved Orion Rocket lit up the morning sky with payloads built by students and teachers from the Eastern Shore, New Jersey, Wisconsin and all across the country.

"We've got teams that are using atmospheric ports to take a bunch of different samples. We have a team flying an antenna to see if they can create an app to track the rocket on a smart phone. Really, we've got a whole range of experiments," organizer Emily Logan said.

Twenty-five experiments that may help further the future of space exploration. 

"The experiment that we built this year is actually directly related to a navigational system for the vehicle. So it is pretty interesting to get to actually apply what we built this year and use it to better these rockets and improve the electrical systems in the rockets," student Ethan Hayon said.

Traveling at nearly 3,000 mph, the rocket was successfully launched to an altitude of 73 miles before landing in the Atlantic Ocean. A boat went out to fetch the experiments, and that's when the students scrambled to collect their data.

"The students descend on it like some animal that was just captured in the wild and start taking it apart. They get the data and start analyzing right away. Students then write their final reports," Director of the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia program Chris Koehler said.

On Monday, two rockets are scheduled to be launched 15 seconds apart from Wallops. The launches will study a global electrical current that sweeps through the ionosphere.

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