NASA rocket set to create colorful clouds in the sky

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Red and blue-green clouds created by vapors from a NASA rocket, date unknown. (NASA)

UPDATE: NASA scrubbed Monday's launch because of cloudy skies at its observation sites. NASA will try the launch again Tuesday night. 


If you live on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., you might get a glimpse of colorful clouds created by a NASA rocket in the sky Tuesday night.

NASA will try to launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, which will deploy canisters of blue-green and red vapor. These vapors form artificial clouds that let scientists visually track the motions of particles in space.

The rocket launch scheduled for June 13 between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It will deploy the vapor between 4 minutes and 5.5 minutes after launch.

The colorful clouds could be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina, NASA said.

The launch was scrapped a couple of times because of various issues.

You can watch a live stream of the launch on the Wallops Facebook page.