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Frogs in Space!?!
News story originally written on February 9, 1998

Some of you may remember the Muppet Show that hosted a segment named 'Pigs in Spaaaace!' (please say this in your best Miss Piggy voice!) Now people are talking about 'Frogs in Spaaaace!' It isn't real frogs people are talking about; this is NASA's program that will launch 11 rockets in 2 months...What are the details?

NASA will begin its rocket launching campaign February 12th. All 11 of the rockets will be launched from Puerto Rico. The campaign has been named El Coqui. El Coqui is a type of frog found in Puerto Rico.

We have many weather satellites that help us make weather forecasts. Well, the El Coqui program is going to look at a different kind of weather, space weather! Space weather can disrupt our radio, television and satellite communications. So you see, this mission is very important!

The El Coqui project will work in combination with the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

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