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NASA reschedules Va. suborbital rocket launches

Tuesday - 3/20/2012, 4:16pm  ET

ATLANTIC, Va. - NASA is hoping to launch five rockets from its Wallops Facility as part of a study of the upper-level jet stream, and some East Coast skywatchers might be able to see some of the mission.

The space agency says that the launch is set for Wednesday morning between midnight and 5 a.m. Bad weather had postponed the launch several days.

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

The rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form 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.

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NASA's ATREX mission: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/missions/atrex.html


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