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NASA Launches Rockets to Study the Jet Stream

The U.S. space agency NASA has launched five rockets from the eastern state of Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream.

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NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream, March 27, 2012. (NASA/Wallops)
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NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream, March 27, 2012. (NASA/Wallops)

One of the five rockets NASA launched from the Wallops Flight Facility. (NASA/Wallops)
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One of the five rockets NASA launched from the Wallops Flight Facility. (NASA/Wallops)

Each rocket released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. (NASA/Wallops)
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Each rocket released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. (NASA/Wallops)

Tracking the way the clouds move can help scientists understand the movement of the winds 100 kilometers up in the sky. (NASA/Wallops)
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Tracking the way the clouds move can help scientists understand the movement of the winds 100 kilometers up in the sky. (NASA/Wallops)

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