On February 18th a group of scientists launched an instrument-laden rocket into the Auroras – the Northern lights. The beautiful scene was captured in a series of photos which were released by NASA/eos.unh.edu and photographers Donald Hampton, Terry E. Zaperach and Mark Conde.
The two-stage Terrier-Black Brant rocket was blasted from Alaska from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks. The project was funded by NASA and is a part of the mission that studies electrical activity in the aurora borealis and the likelihood that it’s interfering with GPS and other signals.
The photos of the NASA Rocket into the Northern Lights are just plain magical. You can get more information on the project here. You can also download the photos from
http://www.eos.unh.edu/newsimage/mica1_lg.jpg and http://www.eos.unh.edu/newsimage/mica2_lg.jpg.
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