Chemical residue from the NASA ATREX rocket launch painted the sky with bizarrely beautiful cloud formations that could be seen across most of the United States.
Launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the ATREX mission's purpose is to study the patterns of the upper level jet stream that hovers miles above the Earth's surface. The chemical used to reveal the wind patterns being studied left some extremely interesting streaks in the nighttime sky that were visible from as far south as Wilmington, N.C., west to Charlestown, W. VA., and north to Buffalo, N.Y.
The hazy smoke rings hovered lazily on the edge of the Earth's atmosphere, documenting the direction and speed of the wind in the stream. The NASA ATREX rocket launch not only furthered knowledge about the turbulent winds present above the Earth's surface, but also left the people back home with some divine images of space.
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