NASA Launches RockOnVIII Rocket from Wallops Island

NASA successfully launched a suborbital sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility Thursday that carried student experiments.

The RockOnVIII launched at 6 a.m., as more than 200 middle school and university students and instructors participated in Rocket Week on Wallops as part of the RockOn/RockSat-C programs.

The rocket flew to an altitude of 71.4 miles before descending to the ocean where it was later retrieved. According to NASA, students participate in the program to learn and apply skills required to develop experiments for suborbital rocket flight.

The next launch from NASA’s Wallops Island is a Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket, slated to launch between 6 and 10 a.m. July 7.

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