High Altitude Sounding Rockets Successfully Launch

Wallops Flight Facility is a little-known NASA center next to Chincoteague, VA.  For those of you who grew up reading “Misty of Chincoteague,” Chincoteague Island is a tiny island off the coast of Virginia that is populated by wild ponies.  Wallops Flight Facility is another tiny island just next to Chincoteague, and NASA uses the island to launch many smaller rockets known as sounding rockets.

A week and a half ago, we went down to Wallops Island to try to see the launch of five sounding rockets in five minutes.  The weather has been a bit crazy this spring, and cloudy, foggy weather decided to settle in until yesterday morning.  These five rockets launched into the upper atmosphere, releasing chemical tracers to study the unknowns of weather patterns in the upper atmosphere, which is much different than weather we are used to seeing.

The link below talks about the ATREX mission, and there is a video of the launches as well.





~ by alanotte on March 28, 2012.

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