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ATREX Launch Mission March 27th, 2012 | by Harry Pherson
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ATREX Launch Mission March 27th, 2012

NASA Launch Facility at Wallops Island facility managed to launch 5 rockets for the ATREX mission (Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment) at 0458 on March 27th, 2012.

The mission is designed to give scientist the opportunity to study the upper level winds located approximately 60 miles above the earth. When the rockets reach their designed altitude they release an chemical (Trimethylaluminium) which interacts with the atmosphere creating a milky white cloud.


Five rockets were launched at approximatley 80 seconds apart for different altitudes. More information on the ATREX mission is available on the Internet at:


This composite was created using 13 separate images during the launch of the five rockets.

Canon 5D MK II, 15mm Fisheye lense at f/3.5, ISO 800, 30 sec. exposure. Processed in PS CS5.

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Taken on March 27, 2012