Early Thursday morning, June 20, a Terrier-improved Orion sounding rocket launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

What made the launch special were the experiments it carried - which university students from around the country will analyze. The rocket carried the experiments 73 miles up and then back down into the Atlantic Ocean. The trajectory was well planned and the payload has already been recovered.

Over 100 university students and instructors (see photo) were on hand for the 5:30 a.m. EDT launch, which was carried live on NASA TV.

According to NASA, the experiments were developed through the RockOn and RockSat-C programs. Partners in the projects were the Colorado and Virginia and Space Grant Consortia.