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The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore will be the site of a rocket launch Thursday.
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The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore will be the site of a rocket launch Thursday.

A rocket launch is planned this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. It's scheduled to launch Thursday morning between 6 and 10 a.m., weather permitting.

The rocket is 35 feet tall and will carry 17 educational experiments to an altitude of about 75 miles, according to the Associated Press. The experiments were put together by university instructors and students from across the country.

The launch is part of Rocket Week at Wallops. More than 100 participants are learning the basics of rocketry and stategies for preparing payloads for space flight. They're also focusing on developing activities for the classroom. 

After the launch is completed and the payload recovered, the participants will be analyzing the data and discussing the results.

NASA fanboys and girls who can't make it to the launch on Eastern Shore can watch the live webcast beginning at 5 a.m. on launch day.

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