NASA is all set to paint the sky by launching a rocket to create artificial colourful clouds over the US East Coast as a part of study with Earth’s atmosphere; and that is how scientific study can be majestically majestic!
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is all set to launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket loaded with 10 canisters of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide which will lift off the Wallops Island, Virginia between 9:04 PM and 9:19 PM EDT to generate colourful manmade clouds for studying various aspects of the atmosphere. And in simpler words, NASA is about to burst a research rocket which will paint the sky with many colours, just like a firecracker, only a lot beautiful and more importantly, a lot meaningful. And the clouds will be visible from New York down to North Carolina, and as far west as Charlottesville, Virginia.
The goal here is to study the ionosphere and aurora by artificially creating the colourful fake clouds which will enable the scientists to be able to visually track the motions of particles in space. The 10 canisters filled with chemicals, each about the size of a soft drink can will be surged at the altitude of 96 and 124 miles to create the clouds. And these canisters will eject vapour tracers which will form those coloured clouds by interaction of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide.
So you don’t live in the anywhere near the East Cost or the Wallops Island, and still want to watch it? Well, don’t worry because they will be live streaming the whole event on NASA’s UTStream live streaming and they will also keep updating on their official Facebook and Twitter pages. The colourful clouds will stick to the skies for about 20 minutes depending upon the weather conditions. Go ahead, it is just about to start! Watch the sky painted in red, blue and green.