NASA Launches Five Rockets in Five Minutes

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    NASA image captured March 27, 2012

    NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets this morning from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream. The first rocket was launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket was launched 80 seconds apart. Each rocket released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. Tracking the way the clouds move can help scientists understand the movement of the winds some 65 miles up in the sky, which in turn will help create better models of the electromagnetic regions of space that can damage man-made satellites and disrupt communications systems. The launches and clouds were reported to be seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C.; west to Charlestown, W. Va.; and north to Buffalo, N.Y.

    Credit: NASA/Wallops

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    1. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 25 months ago | reply

      Great shot.

    2. Tim S. Trebla 25 months ago | reply

      that must be the biggest smoke rings ever made...

    3. Jeff Berkes Photography 25 months ago | reply

      Awesome Shot! Congrats on a succesful mission!

    4. Smile Moon 25 months ago | reply

      You're being like my Uncle NASA, impressing all of us kids by blowing smoke rings!

    5. Jeff Berkes Photography 25 months ago | reply

      I'm sorry, this is stellar, I can't stop looking at it

    6. 25 months ago | reply

      My son took that. And he scored on Decatur.

    7. Matt Molloy 25 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot! Can I get my hands on that fancy cloud making stuff? Or is it just for scientists?

    8. lithium orchid 8 months ago | reply

      i love this picture , the sky is amazing

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