NASA is planning on launching a small sounding rocket capable of creating multicolored clouds in the night sky. Initially, this should have taken off on May 31, but several factors led to its being postponed for June 12 and, most recently, June 13.
The sounding rocket should now take off Tuesday, June 13th, at around 9 p.m. EDT or June 14, 2 a.m. GMT. Weather permitting, the resulting colored clouds should be visible along the U.S. East Coast.
The Wallops launch tonight has been scrubbed because of cloudy skies. We are scheduled to count tomorrow night. Watch for updates
— NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) June 13, 2017
Multicolored Clouds to Study Particle Motions
NASA is looking to launch Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket. This was initially set to take off on May 31, but its launch has been postponed six times since then. The most recent delays came earlier this week, on Sunday and Monday. Sunday night’s postponement was caused by a boat straying into the impact hazard zone.
According to the latest NASA update, the June 12 take off was rendered impossible by the cloud coverage at both of its observatories. So the agency will be giving it another go on Tuesday, June 13. The launch window is set for in between 9:04 p.m. to 9:19 p.m. In general, the launching period began on June 11 and will end on June 16.
NASA is looking to launch this sounding rocket to test out a new system. Some 5 minutes after takeoff, the rocket will be deploying in the air ten canisters, each about the size of a soft drink. These contain cupric oxide, barium, and strontium. Their interaction will help generate blue-green and red multicolored clouds.
The agency will be looking to study the efficiency of its multi-canister ampoule ejection system. Its development will reportedly allow scientists to gather data over a much larger area than currently possible. At the same time, the multicolored clouds will allow researchers to track the movement of particle motions in space.
These colored clouds should be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline, from North Carolina to New York. Those wishing to view the spectacle up close can watch the live coverage, broadcast on the Ustream site. Or they can join others at the Wallops Visitor Center, which will be open starting at 8 p.m. on the night of the launch. Live updates as to the launch are available on both the Wallops Twitter and Facebook pages.
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