Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

See NASA light up the morning sky with colorful fake clouds

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Garry Little | 30 June, 2017, 00:37

The artificial clouds were part of a NASA experiment created to test high-altitude winds and cloud movement.

A NASA sounding rocket launched early this morning and lit up the skies over the U.S. East Coast with colorful clouds, ringing in an early July 4 celebration.

The rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore.

The space agency has not stood still while waiting for this mission to get underway.

As barium, strontium, and cupric-oxide interacts with the atmosphere, the vapour creates clouds of blue-green and red.

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute two-stage sounding rocket had been repeatedly rescheduled, but the rocket finally got its chance at 4:25 a.m. EDT (0825 GMT) today (June 29).

A secondary goal, of course, was to wow Earthlings with the sort of pre-July 4th fireworks display only a space agency could pull off.

NASA says 10 canisters deployed during the test, roughly six to 12 miles from the rocket. NASA has stated that these could be visible all the way from NY to North Carolina. The blue-green and red artificial clouds were deployed shortly after takeoff and are used to track particle motions in space.

The launch was orginally scheduled for early June, however, it has been postponed several times because of bad weather and poor visibility.

'The development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously allowed when deploying the vapour just from the main payload'.

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