Rocket Launch at Wallops May Be Tuesday

Mar 19, 2012


     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has rescheduled the launch of five rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.

     The space agency says that it has pushed back its scheduled launch to no earlier than Tuesday night because of bad weather.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

     As part the mission, the five rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form milky, white clouds that allow scientists and the public to visualize the winds in space. Residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont might be able to see the clouds for up to 20 minutes.