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. Rip Current 25 months ago | reply

      Hell yes, wish I was awake, I woulda been able to see it from Ocean City, MD

    2. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 25 months ago | reply

      Great shot.

    3. Juanpablo San Martín 25 months ago | reply

      Conchasdesumadre, se cocieron con el terremoto de Chile weones de mierda.

    4. jaffles 25 months ago | reply

      Great capture!

    5. dodagp 25 months ago | reply

      Spectacular image dynamically displayed !!!
      The milky white clouds and the light effects look absolutely gorgeous !

    6. Topher's Mom 25 months ago | reply


    7. 25 months ago | reply

      I agree with Topher's mom.

      Topher's Dad

    8. hendongirl 25 months ago | reply

      wow amazing shot!

    9. johnmachine56 2 months ago | reply

      spectacular image launches rocket
      nichereaper 2.0

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