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NASA Schedules Eastern Shore Rocket Launches For Early Wednesday

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Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (CBSDC) — NASA is planning to launch the five suborbital sounding rockets from its facility on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore from midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

The launches have been routinely postponed due to inclement weather.

NASA says countdown for the mission will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The rockets will be used to study the upper level jet stream. The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) hopes the data collected will yield a better understanding of the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

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The five rockets will release a chemical that will form milky, white clouds that allow scientists and the public to see the winds in space. NASA officials say the clouds may be visible for up to 20 minutes by residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont.

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