NASA launches suborbital rockets from Virginia
ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) -March 27, 2012 (WPVI) -- After several delays, NASA has launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the upper level jet stream.
The rockets began blasting off just before 5 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's space center on Wallops Island. Bad weather had postponed other planned launches last week.
The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.
After launching, the rockets released a chemical tracer to form white clouds that allowed scientists and the public to visualize the winds.
A NASA news release says the launches and clouds were reportedly seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C.; west to Charleston, W.Va.; and north to Buffalo, N.Y.
nasa, virginia, national/world
- 2 dead after building explosion in New York City 3 min ago
- AccuWeather: Thunderstorms possible today
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Photos: Pictures from East Harlem explosion 22 min ago
- Video: Raw video from scene of NYC explosion 42 min ago
- Man in boxers attacks police station, cars 16 min ago
- Photos: Pictures of smashed police car, station...
- Montco 3rd grader hospitalized with meningitis infection 22 min ago
- Homes evacuated in Tacony for gas leak 15 min ago
- Sandusky's wife: Victims manipulated over money
- Standoff leaves 1 dead, several in custody
- Co. carjacking suspect arrested after rush hour chase 5 min ago
- India asked to join hunt for missing plane
- Raw video from scene of NYC explosion
42 min ago