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Wallops Launch To Bring Hundreds Of People To Lower Eastern Shore

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- The upcoming launch of a military satellite is expected to bring hundreds of people to the lower Eastern Shore.

The surveillance satellite is scheduled for launch in May or June from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility spokesman Keith Kohler says more than 250 invited guests are expected for the launch. And about 50 employees working on the launch will arrive four to six weeks before launch.

The satellite will be carried into space by a Minotaur rocket. The upcoming launch will be the fourth Minotaur launch from Wallops.

About 50 tourism representatives from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware were briefed recently in Atlantic, Va., on the launch. The group wants to take advantage of upcoming rocket launches at Wallops' spaceport to promote tourism.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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