NASA schedules Tuesday launch at Wallops Island
- March 26, 2012
NASA has scheduled a Tuesday morning launch for five suborbital rockets at its Wallops Island facility in Virginia .
Launch of the rockets, part of a study of the upper level jet stream, is scheduled to take place between midnight and 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.
As part the mission, the five rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form milky, white clouds that allow scientists and the public to “see” the winds in space.
These clouds may be visible for up to 20 minutes by residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont.
Bad weather has caused 10 postponements of the launch, the latest being March 20.