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NASA Gives College Students, Professors Chance to ‘Rock On’

img_rocketGardenApproximately 80 college students and professors from across the nation and Puerto Rico are expected to attend a NASA-organized workshop to learn how to build small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets.

The week-long workshop called RockOn! begins June 19 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and the participants will build standardized experiments that will fly on a NASA Terrier-Orion suborbital sounding rocket set to launch June 24. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.

In addition to the seven workshop-built experiments, 11 custom-built, experiments also will fly on the rocket inside a payload canister known as RockSat. The latter experiments were developed at 10 universities that previously participated in a RockOn! workshop.

The workshop is funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. This will be the third year for the workshop.

The Space Grant national network includes more than 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, science centers, and state and local agencies. The goal is to support and improve science and engineering education, and research and public outreach efforts for NASA’s aeronautics and space projects.

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