HEADS UP! NASA to put on a colorful cloud show for the East Coast Monday night

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The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is scheduled for Monday, June 12, with a launch window from 9:04 to 9:19 p.m. EDT.

Previous attempts have scrubbed for various reasons: high winds, clouds in the area leading to poor science conditions, and boats in the hazard area.

The multi-canister ampoule ejection system flying on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able.

Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.

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The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 8 p.m. on launch day for viewing the flight.