NASA Posstpones 'Colorful' Rocket Launch to June 11

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

The colors are caused by an interaction between barium, strontium, and cupric-oxide. However, they were left a little disappointed after NASA announced that the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was not possible for today's morning.

NASA had hoped to launch the rocket early Saturday, but had to scrub the attempt because of boats in the area where the payload is expected to fall back to Earth.

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The launch window for the experiment was from May 31 to June 6, but weather forecasts showed that the conditions would not be ideal for the next two days, Gizmodo reports. The space agency has ground cameras at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and in Duck, North Carolina. "These artificial clouds may be seen from NY to North Carolina", NASA said. It was set to be launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at 4:26-4:41 a.m EDT, this Saturday. The launch has been rescheduled because upper level winds exceeded launch limits. It will cast them out between six and 12 miles into the morning air, where they'll leave blue-green and red vapor clouds. It said The launch is now scheduled for no earlier than June 11, pending range availability.

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But the plan went pear-shaped after nature objected to the launch by sending clouds into the area above the two ground stations being used for observation.

For the fourth time, NASA on Sunday postponed the launch of a sounding rocket which was to release blue, green and red artificial clouds in view of their impact on testing the new ampoule ejection system created to support studies of the ionosphere and aurora.

NASA had planned to release ten canisters - with the size of a soft drink can - and they were going to release the colorful vapor between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.

The canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch blue-green and red vapor forming artificial clouds. As part of the science mission, the colored clouds will allow scientists to visually see the movements of particles in space.

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