- Later in June, people in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region will likely be treated to a unique early-morning sight: colorful artificial clouds, thanks to NASA.
- The blue-green and red clouds will be produced by the launch of a Terrier Improved Malemute sounding rocket carrying 10 canisters,
which will be deployed approximately five minutes after the launch.
- These canisters will release the colorful vapor trail, which allow NASA’s scientists to track how particles move in space and learn more about upper atmospheric winds.
- Though vapor tracers
have been used by scientists in the past, the multi-canister ampoule
ejection system onboard this mission will allow scientists to cover a
much larger area than previous tests, the NASA website notes. Read more (6/5/17)