NASA Plans To Launch Five Rockets Over 5 Minutes Tonight

Posted: Mar 14 2012, 2:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Mar 14 2012, 2:08pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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Launch will be visible across two states

NASA plans to launch a series of five rockets that are the core of its Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment. All five of these rockets will liftoff from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and will be suborbital rockets. Each of the rockets will climb to between 50 and 90 miles in the atmosphere where they were release chemical markers and then fall back into the ocean.

The point of this experiment is to help NASA determine why a stream of air described as and high altitude jet stream at 60 to 65 miles above the Earth's surface moves so quickly. Predictions say that the air should only move at about 6mph or so. The winds commonly move at over 200 mph and occasionally gust to over 300 mph within the zone. The rocket liftoffs will be visible for many miles around the launch site, as will the chemical tracers so sky watchers in the area want to keep an eye out.

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