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NASA to launch sounding rocket to create colorful artificial clouds Tonight

As part of a technology test, the mission will create colourful, glowing artificial clouds in the night sky and has the launch opportunities each night until June 18.


By   |  Updated On : June 12, 2017 12:23 PM
NASA to launch sounding rocket to create colorful artificial clouds

NASA to launch sounding rocket to create colorful artificial clouds

New Delhi :  

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in its 6th attempt will launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility on Monday night after its last night attempt to launch the mission failed.

As part of a technology test, the mission will create colourful, glowing artificial clouds in the night sky and has the launch opportunities each night until June 18.

The Sunday night launch was the 5th attempt which failed due to “Unacceptably high winds, haze and a potential boat in the danger zone that forced NASA to call off Sunday’s night launch attempt from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.”

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is scheduled to lift off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Monday, June 12.

The rocket will deploy 10 beer-can-size canisters, which will release barium, strontium and cupric-oxide vapour to form blue-green and red colour artificial clouds.

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"These clouds, or vapour tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space," NASA officials wrote in a mission update. "The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina."

People will also be able to watch the sounding rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitors Centre which will open for public at 8 PM. NASA will also do a live coverage of the launch which will begin at 8:30 p.m.

You can also follow the flight on the Wallops Ustream site: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops.

First Published: Monday, June 12, 2017 11:50 AM


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