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NASA Scrubs Launch of 2 Rockets From Va.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- The launch of two sounding rockets from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed Tuesday because of poor weather in the area. According to NASA, the next attempt for these two rockets will be Wednesday, with a window of 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The two rockets, a Black Brant V and a Terrier-Improved Orion, will launch 15-seconds apart in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment, which is a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

NASA said the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.

The first rocket scheduled for launch is a single-stage Black Brant V, which will collect data on the neutral and charged particles it travels through. The second rocket is a two-stage Terrier-Improved Orion. It will shoot out a long trail of lithium gas to track how the upper atmospheric wind varies with altitude. These winds are believed to be the drivers of the dynamo currents.

Since the launch is during the day, the lithium trails will not be highly visible to the naked eye.

The rockets will be visible to residents in the Wallops region. The NASA Visitor Center will open at 8 a.m. on launch day for viewing the launches. The Wallops USTREAM channel will broadcast the launch live beginning at 8:30 a.m. on launch day.

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