NASA Rocket Launch Illuminates the Eastern Sky: NPR


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Joshua Guirguis saw a steam tracker racing across the sky in Marlton, NJ

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Joshua Guirguis saw a steam tracker racing across the sky in Marlton, NJ

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Swathes of the eastern ankles that looked up at the night sky on Sunday were treated in a light show, courtesy of NASA’s Black Brant XII. And they did I got the pictures To prove it.

The missile was launched at 8:44 PM ET from the Wallops Aviation facility in Virginia. But it was the “steam trackers” he launched into the atmosphere that most onlookers spotted shooting across the sky.

Francis Murphy was in Assawoman, Virginia, across the bay from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, when he picked up the KiNET-X mission launch.

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Francis Murphy was in Assawoman, Virginia, across the bay from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, when he picked up the KiNET-X mission launch.

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On Twitter, those who captured the event shared photos of fragile ghost-like fumes lagging across the Atlantic in response to NASA Tweet Announcing the launch. Others saw clouds glowing or bright green Violet A short-lived effect that occurs when barium vapor ionizes while exposed to sunlight (although violet is rarely seen, The space agency says, Because the human eye cannot see color well in the dark.)

The purpose of the mission? To explore the transmission of energy in space. NASA is using Vapor tracing To track the movements of winds and ions in the upper atmosphere.

“The mission, called KiNETic Scale Energy and Momentum Transfer, or KiNet-X, is designed to study a very basic problem in space plasma, which is how energy and momentum are transferred between different magnetically connected regions of space?” Read NASA press release.

The air supply can be visible along much of the eastern United States, stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and into Bermuda, according to NASA.

The sounding missile released steam about 10 minutes into flight at an altitude of over 200 miles, giving the bright colors only a half-minute window of viewing time.

Under the clear Bermuda skies, the many people took some of the sharpest photos Neon green glow.


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