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NASA rocket creates colourful artificial clouds

NASA has successfully launched a sounding rocket that created colourful artificial clouds visible in the skies.

Published: 30th June 2017 01:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2017 01:37 PM   |  A+A-

Screengrab from NASA's video of rocket creating coloured clouds. | NASA

By PTI

WASHINGTON DC: NASA has successfully launched a sounding rocket that created colourful artificial clouds visible in the US skies.

The NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was successfully launched yesterday, from the US space agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, after being delayed multiple times over the last 30 days.

During the 8-minute flight, 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can were ejected in space, 9 to 19 kilometres away from the 300-kg main payload.

The canisters deployed blue-green and red vapour that formed artificial clouds visible from New York to North Carolina.

Video Courtesy: NASA

During an ionosphere or aurora science mission, these clouds, or vapour tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

The development of the multi-canister ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously possible when deploying the tracers just from the main payload.

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