NASA To Launch Wind-Tracking Rockets

Agency hopes to understand jet stream

NASA rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, January 11, 2012

NASA rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, January 11, 2012     Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr

NASA is planning to launch five rockets sometime within the next month that will help meteorologists track the flow of the jet stream off the Atlantic coast. Once airborne from Wallops Island, Virginia, the rockets will expel a cloudy film in the upper atmosphere, then crash land in the ocean. The film will be visible to scientists and should help explain wind patterns at high altitude, where speeds can reach 300 miles per hour. The films will also be partially visible to east coast residents on the day of the launch.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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