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February 27, 2017
Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras
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The first of four sounding rockets scheduled for launch from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to examine the structure of auroras was launched at 5:14 a.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2017. The Black Brant IX sounding rocket carried instruments to an altitude of 225 miles as part of the Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Groundbased Low Altitude StudieS or ISINGLASS mission. ISINGLASS, includes the launch of two rockets with identical payloads that will fly into two different types of auroras - an inve ... read more

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