NASA‘s Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) faced a setback as the rocket’s payload problems caused its delay.
Five rockets were planned to be launched this Thursday, but NASA officials announced that it will be moved to Friday night. The ATREX aims to use the rocket to study the jet stream’s current at the edge of space. The rockets will contain chemicals that will test the wind flow and electrical currents at high- altitude. The chemicals will release a bright milky white trail that will be very visible against the night sky. The white trail will make it possible for scientists and the public to “see” the high-altitude wind flow. NASA will use three different types of rockets for ATREX: two Terrier Improved Malemutes, two Terrier Improved Orions and one Terrier Oriole.
The rockets will be launched from NASA‘s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia and the milky white trails can be seen from New Hampshire, Washington, Boston, Philadelpia, New York and Baltimore.
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