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Over the next few weeks, NASA will be launching rockets into the famed Northern Lights in Alaska. We've never wanted to watch something more in our lives.
Marilia Samara and her science team will be looking for classic curls in the aurora in the night sky – curls that look like cream swirling in a cup of coffee. When they spot the appropriate conditions, the team will launch a sounding rocket for a 10-minute flight right into the heart of the aurora.
On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:41 p.m. Alaska time, scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket from Poker Flat Research Range into a brilliant aurora display. The rocket mission, designed to gather information on space weather conditions that affect satellite communications, was a success.
On Saturday, a team of U.S. researchers launched a two-stage rocket containing some 500 pounds worth of instruments through an aurora, with the hopes that they will be able to learn more about how the northern lights are created and about the complex relationship between the Earth and the Sun.
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute are hosting public meetings to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the NASA Sounding Rockets Program operations at the University's Poker Flat Research Range near Fairbanks.
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To look at far off galaxies and ozone destruction closer to Earth.
A team of scientists led by Marc Lessard of the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center launched an instrument-laden, four-stage sounding rocket from Norwayâ€™s AndÃ¸ya Rocket Range into aurora about 200 miles above Earth early Sunday morning (Dec 12, 2010), just before the two-week launch window slammed shut.
Staff from Poker Flat Research Range have traveled north to assist fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft.
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