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Weather delays rocket launch from Wallops

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Mar 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-28 06:06:00-04

UPDATE: High winds and seas forced a delay in Saturday morning’s launch from Wallops. A new attempt will be made Sunday, but the forecast does not look promising.

Wallops Island, Va. – Six university experiments from undergraduate college students will be launching into the suborbital atmosphere aboard a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch is now scheduled between 6:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28th. The launch, originally scheduled for March 27, was postponed because of expected unacceptable weather conditions at the launch site and the payload recovery area off the Wallops Island coast.

The experiments will examine technology development, microgravity science and the search for life in the upper atmosphere and near space during the suborbital mission, which will reach an altitude of nearly 94 nautical miles.

Participating universities in this flight are the University of Colorado, Boulder; Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho; the University of Puerto Rico; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

Click here to read more about their experiments.

The NASA Visitor at Wallops will open at 6 a.m. on launch day for viewing the flight. The rocket launch may be seen from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland.