On Sunday, June 11, NASA will be launching artificial blue-green and red clouds into the atmosphere above Virginia and along the eastern coast.
The original launch date was on May 31, but it got moved to June 2 due to upper level winds. The following launch date, June 2, was scrapped due to issues with boats in the area. It was then moved to June 4, only to be moved again. Now, the launch of the blue-green and red artificial clouds will take place on Sunday, June 11.
However, the launch could be moved for a fourth time if visibility is not clear. Fingers crossed that there's no more rescheduling.
NASA Wallops -- NASA's only owned and operated launch range -- said on Twitter:https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/870196981490212864 https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/870924874382024704 https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops/status/871283262781612032 The launch is to test a new system that will help scientists study auroras and the ionosphere. The NASA sounding rocket will launch from the Wallops Flight Facility off the east coast of Virginia, and the soda-sized canisters of vapor tracers will be released in the upper atmosphere, giving the appearance of colorful clouds. The vapors have tracers that are made up of lithium, barium, and tri-methyl aluminum that will react with other elements in the atmosphere, causing it to glow. Researchers will then be able to track the flows of ionized and neutral particles. The artificial clouds will be visible from New York to North Carolina and as far west as Charlottesville, Virginia. There will be cameras stationed on the ground at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina. User across the globe can watch the launch via USTREAM. For more information on the launch, you can visit Wallop's Twitter and Facebook pages and NASA's website. Keep a weather eye on the horizon. If you see the artificial clouds, let us know and share your photos with us!