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Official NASA Communication 95-187

Official NASA Communication 95-187

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Don SavageHeadquarters, Washington, DC October 20, 1995(Phone: 202/358-1547)Keith KoehlerWallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA(Phone: 804/824-1579)RELEASE: 95-187NASA ROCKETS TO BE LAUNCHED IN AUSTRALIAN OUTBACKA series of NASA sounding rocket experiments willbegin today from the Australian Outback to study the LargeMagellanic Cloud (LMC), the closest galaxy next to our ownMilky Way.Six sounding rocket experiments are scheduled forlaunch from the Woomera Instrumented Range in SouthAustralia through November, carrying instruments to gatherinformation on hot gases, stars, interstellar gas and dustparticles, which are the basic building blocks of planetsin our neighboring galaxy. In addition, the 10-minuterocket flights, from 150 to 200 miles altitude, willprovide invaluable information on new detectiontechnologies which are being incorporated into astronomysatellites.The astronomical objects will be viewed bytelescopes in the ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths of light. The experiments in this campaign are from PennState University, University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado, and Johns Hopkins University.The flights are being conducted in Australia sincethe LMC can only be viewed from the Southern Hemisphere.The launches will be conducted by personnel from the NASA

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