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NASA put on quite a fireworks display at the Wallops Flight Facility when they launched a 5 rocket barrage to the edge of space in late March. This launch was part of the ATREX (Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment) mission to study the wind currents in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere. The mission is part of NASA's effort to learn everything they can about the air currents in the ionosphere, mainly because they often interfere with NASA's projects, disrupting satellite communications and damaging multi-billion dollar equipment.

After getting into position, the sounding rockets sprayed a harmless tracing liquid into the atmosphere, which allowed the scientists down below to map its movement, with speeds in the hundreds of miles per hour. Two of the rockets had measuring equipment on board, which recorded the temperature and pressure inside the streams.

By Denis Ivanov

Check out the video of the launch below

Source: NASA
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