NASA Creates Artificial Clouds Over the Eastern US


For the last few weeks, Nasa has been trying to launch a rocket in space with the aim of creating artificial clouds in the sky but bad weather and poor visibility meant the USA space agency had to repeatedly postpone its mission.

The mission was completed at 4:25 a.m. from the Wallops location on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

It left eerie, ethereal plumes of blue-green and red in its wake.

The goal is to test a new deployment method for the clouds, NASA said. The Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was finally a success after 11 recent unsuccessful attempts.

The Terrier-Improved Malemute reached an altitude of about 118 miles over the course of its eight-minute journey.

The rocket is to test a new multi-canister ejection system for deploying vapors in ionosphere or aurora sounding rocket missions and the vapors will form artificial clouds that may be seen from NY to North Carolina.

With the new launch time, live coverage now begins on the Wallops Ustream site at 4 a.m. and Facebook Live coverage begins at 4:15 a.m.

The aim of NASA's Thursday morning launch is to further study the ionosphere, a layer of the Earth's atmosphere that is ionized - ionization refers to an atom receiving a positive or negative charge and becoming, yep, ions - by solar and cosmic radiation.

The rocket's launch has been delayed several times since its originally scheduled launch on May 31.

Three chemicals interacted to form the color tracers - barium, strontium and cupric-oxide.

The blue-green and red artificial clouds, deployed between four and six minutes after take-off, are used to track particle motions in space.