After several unsuccessful attempts, NASA has finally launched a sounding rocket that created artificial colorful clouds that were visible from New York to North Carolina. The NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was successfully launched on Thursday from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Also Read - High-speed solar storm to hit Earth today, impact phone signals: NASA warnsAlso Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One
During the eight-minute flight, 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can were ejected in space, about nine to 19 km away from the main payload. During an ionosphere or aurora science mission, these clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.
The development of the multi-canister ampoule ejection system would allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously possible when deploying the tracers just from the main payload, NASA said. The rocket, after being delayed multiple times over the last 30 days, flew to an altitude of about 190 km. ALSO READ: X-plane: NASA s quieter supersonic jet closer to reality