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NASA ATREX launch Creates Amazing Glowing Clouds at Edge of Space with 5-Rocket Launch

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posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:08 AM
NASA was set to launch these ATREX rockets on 3-14-12 but were delayed but last night they got to do the launch. Unfortunately I was not clear of the new launch date and time of last niter but here is an update with a few cool pics. Its said the are doing theses launches to study the high altitude jet stream which sits about 60-65 miles above EA*RTH which is not the same jet stream mentioned on news weather media which sits about 6 miles above EA*RTH. I found it odd that the high altitude jet stream was estimated to be blowing at 50 mph but was actually found to be maintaining an average speed of 200 mph, interesting miscalculation.

The mission is aimed at understanding the ultra-fast jet stream winds that can reach speeds of up to 300 mph (483 kph). The chemical tracers (trimethyl aluminum) released allowed scientists to track those winds..


NASA launched a barrage of small rockets early Tuesday (March 27), with five rockets blasting off within five minutes to create glowing clouds at the edge of space that wowed skywatchers all along the U.S. East Coast.

NASA's Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment, or ATREX ROCKET LAUNCH.

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes snapped this amazing view from outside Philadelphia, Pa., of the glowing clouds at the edge of space created by NASA's ATREX mission, which launched five rockets to deploy a chemical that created the clouds for a jet stream study on March 27, 2012.
CREDIT: Jeff Berkes

Skywatcher and photographer Jack Fusco snapped this photo of the glowing clouds created by NASA's five-rocket ATREX launch from Seaside Park, N.J. (north of the rockets' Virginia launch site) on March 27, 2012.
CREDIT: Jack Fusco

The chemical release of five ATREX sounding rockets created a series of glowing clouds in the high-altitude jet stream at the edge of space on March 27, 2012. Here is NASA's view from the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.

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posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:13 AM
Nice pics! My question is: what is all of this doing to our atmosphere? Clouds full of toxic fumes can't be a good thing. Looks like pollution to me!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:14 AM
I love to watch rocket launches. It is just awe inspiring what we can do now.

The high-altitude jet stream is wild, 200 mph, you could save a lot of fuel by cruising in that thing.
Thanks for the post.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:16 AM
I missed the sky visuals but atleast they got to get the project up in the wind. When I first heard about this experiment I had thought could this allow for tracking of radiation fallout or cosmic microbes ect. as well?

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:27 AM
reply to post by littled16

As far as how its effecting the atmosphere on a negative level 1 is not sure, but would hope those scientist in charge considered the potential effects of the trimethyl aluminum up there. The conspiracy theorist in me considered this as well.

Thanks littled16 for the input.

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I also am into the launches and like how they set them to simultaneously launch every 80 seconds. I wish I could of observed them but I didn't see any data alerting on the NASA activities from MSM anywhere for today. As far as cruising up there in the high altitude jet stream that would be a very cool and fast cosmic ride, makes me wonder how far up Virgin Galactic will be going once they get off the ground fully.
I am happy you enjoyed the post mikelkhall thanks for your time

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posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 04:42 PM
Sure are some awesome pics... wish I could have seen it in person.

I wonder why there are no videos of the rocket launch, and the release of the chemical tracers into the atmosphere, that would be awesome.

If someone finds a video, PLEASE POST!

Edit: Interestingly enough, in regards to the Virgin Galactic comment... Three nights ago, I had the craziest dream. One of the main parts of the dream that I can fully remember is that Richard Branson had died in some sort of adventurous expedition, or a test run of Virgin Galactic. I remember it had something to do with a runway, that's about it. It felt so real, later that day I had to google Richard Branson just to see if it was just a dream, or if it actually happened and I just couldn't recall when I first heard about it.

Nothing special, just interesting... at least I think so.
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posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 04:51 PM
ok.... so is anyone else making connections with geo-engineering here ???

spraying chemical tracers (trimethyl aluminum) into the atmosphere to test high altitude winds.... come on please.... surely there are much safer ways of doing this than spraying aluminum in the atmosphere.... maybe this is a ramping up of the program for some unknown reason....

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 05:11 PM

Originally posted by Disclosure Agent
ok.... so is anyone else making connections with geo-engineering here ???

spraying chemical tracers (trimethyl aluminum) into the atmosphere to test high altitude winds.... come on please.... surely there are much safer ways of doing this than spraying aluminum in the atmosphere.... maybe this is a ramping up of the program for some unknown reason....

Lets consider this.... since the industrial revolution, we have destroyed mother earth. Even in attempts to maintain environmental standards... there are those who don't follow the law, there are places with out such laws, and those who even promote these laws while at the same time profit from them being broken.

It's about time we start geoengineering, especially if it can be accomplished successfully. I welcome all studies and experiments that may result into allowing earth to remain habitable for humanity.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 07:28 PM
In case any of you want to check it out. Here is MSDS on Praxair® TMA (trimethylaluminum)

Praxair TMA

doesn't seem to pose a threat at those altitudes.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 07:29 PM
Forgot to post, I was up at Camelback Mountain in the Poconos watching this mornings launch. It was quite beautiful.

posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 12:20 AM
Something neat happened: my stomach didn't turn when I saw the first picture. With all the war stuff going on, it just surprised me that it took me back to childhood awe when I launched my first model rocket, rather than immediate thought of... yeah, that crap.

It's got me staring at the 2 models I have sitting in my living room,
As soon as we get some moisture here, I really wanna go launch them. Even at 36 years old, it's still fun to talc the chute and do my own low altitude testing.

posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 09:32 AM
Some updated ATREX rocket launch pics.

Loops of wispy clouds rise like smoke rings against a background of stars—the products of a NASA rocket launch early Tuesday morning designed to study the upper-level jet stream.

The chemical reacts with water and oxygen in the atmosphere to create milky white clouds, which could be seen easily by scientists and the public this morning in clear skies along the U.S. Northeast coast, according to NASA. Two of the rockets also carried instruments for measuring atmospheric temperature and pressure.

Rocket plumes and chemical tracers glow like fireworks during the ATREX launch Tuesday morning.

For the experiment, NASA had cameras snapping from coastal facilities at Wallops, in New Jersey, and in North Carolina.

The launches and the rocket-created clouds were also reportedly seen as far south as Wilmington, North Carolina; west to Charlestown, West Virginia; and as far north as Buffalo, New York, NASA says.

One of the ATREX clouds, as seen by a NASA camera. Each cloud lasted for about 20 minutes, giving mission scientists time to track the rocket-made clouds and measure how quickly they moved away from each other.

Researchers will now use the collected data to model the kind of turbulence that exists in the upper jet stream. (Related: "Airline Passengers, Relax: Turbulence Detectors Are on the Way.")

Three-dimensional turbulence, for instance, is similar to what's seen swirling in rivers and gusting in surface winds. This kind of mixing would mean that Earth's high-level winds are governed by laws of motion similar to those that create small-scale waves in water, NASA says.

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