Photos of the Day: NASA Test Creates Artificial Aurora

30 June, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • FINALLY! NASA rocket launches from Wallops, creates colorful light show

The total flight took eight minutes.

Live coverage of the rocket launch is on the Wallops Ustream site and on NASA's Facebook page. The flight was supposed to get underway on May 31, then on June 1.

The launch had been rescheduled several times before for reasons including high winds, cloud cover and "poor science conditions".

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

'The Terrier-Improved Malemute launched this morning, June 29, at 4:25 a.m.

After weeks of delays, NASA is testing a rocket that will create blue-green and red artificial clouds in space on Thursday.

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These vapors were expected to be visible from NY down to North Carolina.

Ground cameras located at Wallops and Duck, North Carolina, monitored the vapor tracers. which provide their results through an interaction with barium, strontium, and cupric oxide.

They will be deployed from canisters, each roughly the size of a soda can, at 96 to 124 miles above the surface.

'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'. The payload landed in the Atlantic Ocean, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) out to sea from its launch point in Virginia.

It was clear along the coast of Virginia, and if you looked closely, you might have seen some glowing spots in the clouds around D.C. and Baltimore, and even into Pennsylvania.

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