On Tuesday, just before 5 a.m., the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the Earth’s upper level jet stream. After several delays, due to bad weather, the rockets were launched from NASA’s space center on Wallops Island.
The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will assist scientists to understand the jet stream, which is located roughly 60 to 65 miles above the Earth’s surface. The white clouds, formed from the rockets, released a chemical tracer, which allowed scientist and the public to visualize the winds. NASA reported the launches and its clouds were supposedly seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C., and as far north as Buffalo, N.Y.