The launch has been scrubbed due to cloud cover at NASA’s ground stations. The next launch window will be on Tuesday night. (From the editor: My apologies Patch readers for the multiple news alerts on this launch. Things did really look promising for a launch earlier tonight. – Ryan)
UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: NASA is waiting for cloud conditions to improve at its two ground stations—at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for the launch to take place.
NASA is set to try again to launch a rocket that will create artificial colorful clouds, possibly over Long Island.
The launch is scheduled for Monday between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. EDT at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
A launch scheduled for Sunday was canceled “due to boats in the launch range hazard area,” NASA said.
The Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket that will deploy canisters that will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.
The artificial clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space, according to NASA.
In areas north of the launch site, such as Long Island, the clouds will appear in the lower southeastern sky, according to CNN.