Thu September 6, 2012

NASA delays Va. sounding rocket test flight

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A problem in the payload has delayed the test flight of a suborbital sound rocking from NASA's Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.

The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.

The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


Wed September 5, 2012

NASA to launch sounding rocket from Va.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA is planning a test flight of a suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the test flight was set for Wednesday morning, but was postponed until Thursday morning to allow additional testing of the payload.

It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.

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Thu August 23, 2012
Rocket Launch

Wallops rocket to carry university experiments

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket set to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will carry experiments by students at four universities.

A launch that was scheduled for Thursday at Wallops Island was postponed until Friday morning due to the presence of boats in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tue August 14, 2012
Chesapeake-Oxygen Levels

Chesapeake dead zone down, dry weather credited

BALTIMORE (AP) — The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.

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Tue July 31, 2012
Chesapeake Bay-Algae

Va. researchers monitor red algae blooms in bay

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — Researchers in Virginia are keeping an eye on red algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay.

The blooms suck oxygen from the water. That makes it difficult for marine life to survive. They are driven by warm water and excessive nutrients, and typically occur in the lower Chesapeake Bay in July or August.

Kim Reece with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science tells WAVY-TV ( ) that this summer's blooms are the worst in years.

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