Thu June 27, 2013
Temperature Investigation

NWS to investigate Richmond temp discrepancies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating discrepancies in temperature readings for Richmond.

The city's official temperatures are provided by a sensor at Richmond International Airport. Weather service meteorologist Larry Brown tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) that there have been discrepancies in readings over the past two weeks.

On Tuesday, the airport sensor showed a high temperature of 96. Other sensors showed 92 degrees in Ashland and 93 degrees in Petersburg.

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Mon June 24, 2013
Rocket Launch

NASA postpones launch of 2 rockets from Va.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — High cirrus clouds have postponed the launch of two sounding rockets from NASA's Wallops Island Facility in Virginia.

The launches will support a joint project between NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to study a global electrical current that sweeps through the ionosphere.

NASA says clear skies are needed for the project.

The Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion were scheduled to be launched 15 seconds apart Monday morning. NASA scrubbed the launch and rescheduled it for Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Tue June 18, 2013
Rocket Launch

NASA plans Thursday rocket launch from Va facility

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket carrying students' experiments is scheduled to be launched Thursday from the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA says students from across the nation developed the experiments through the RockOn and RockSat-C programs.

More than 100 students and instructors are expected to be at Wallops Island for the launch of the Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket.

The launch is scheduled Thursday between 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday is the backup launch day.

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Wed June 5, 2013
Rocket Launch

Rocket launch from Va. spaceport rescheduled

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has rescheduled the Virginia launch of a rocket carrying instruments that will study how the first galaxy was formed.

The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket was scheduled to launch Tuesday night from the Wallops Island Flight Facility. But NASA says there wasn't sufficient time before the launch to cool the instruments to the required temperature.

The rocket is now scheduled to be launched Wednesday between 11 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

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Mon April 29, 2013

Hubble snaps image of approaching comet

BALTIMORE (AP) — The operators of the Hubble Space Telescope say the orbiting observatory has snapped photos of an approaching comet.

The Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute says the Comet Ison is being called the "comet of the century" because it could be brighter than the full moon when it makes its closest pass by the sun in late November.

The institute says the pictures taken earlier this month show the comet slightly inside of Jupiter's orbit, about 386 million miles from the sun. The institute serves as the science operations center for the Hubble.

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