People are posting incredible photos from the NASA color rocket launch

Nasa finally lights up the skies with colourful artificial clouds after several delays

Early July 4th light display with launch this morning from Wallops at 4:25.

NASA deployed a rocket early Thursday morning that created colorful clouds out of vapor in the Earth's upper atmosphere over the East Coast.

According to the U.S. space agency, the sounding rocket was launched at 4:25 am EDT on Thursday, June 29 from the NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore.

It was to test a new system that supports science studies of the ionosphere and aurora. The flight lasted eight minutes. And thanks to a new method of releasing the canisters, the clouds could be seen for many miles around, from North Carolina to NY. These tracers were deployed at altitudes of about 96 to 124 miles (154 to 200 kilometers). Cameras were set up at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina, to track the color tracers through the air.

The mission deployed ten soda-can-sized canisters, each containing cloud-forming vapour, roughly 100 miles above the surface just before 5 a.m. (EDT). This particular flight includes a multi-canister ampoule ejection system which enabled the tracers to spread over a wider area than before.

From start to finish, the mission elapsed time stood at approximately 8 minutes, with the payload (which was not recovered) splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean some 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the launch site.

The Wallops facility received 2,000 reports and photos captured by onlookers of the colorful clouds up and down the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations.

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