NASA Rockets To Light Up Mid-Atlantic Sky

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Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (CBSDC) NASA is preparing to launch five rockets in five minutes over the Mid-Atlantic sky between March 14th and April 4th from their Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA is calling the blasts the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX), a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that aims to gather data needed to better understand the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

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“The high-altitude jet stream is higher than the one commonly reported in weather forecasts. The winds found in this upper jet stream typically have speeds of 200 to well over 300 mph and create rapid transport from the Earth’s mid-latitudes to the polar regions. This jet stream is located in the same region where strong electrical currents occur in the ionosphere. It is therefore a region with a lot of electrical turbulence, of the type that can adversely affect satellite and radio communications,” NASA stated.

A chemical tracer will be released from each rocket to trace the winds.

Last week, NASA made headlines when it was announced that one their laptops was stolen with command codes that control the International Space Station.

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