BOSTON (CBS) – NASA hopes to launch the KiNET-X rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday.
The starts on Sunday and Monday have been postponed because “the upper level winds are not within the limits for a safe start”. The original launch was scheduled for last Friday but was postponed every night due to the weather.
The aim of the mission is to investigate how energy and momentum are transported between regions of space that are magnetically connected.
This study will help scientists better understand things like aurors and how they are formed and how they move from place to place.
To investigate this, the missile will release barium vapor at an altitude of over 200 miles north of Bermuda approximately 9 to 10 minutes after it begins its flight. Don’t worry, this vapor is not harmful to the environment or the public. In fact, it’s not even likely to be visible to the human eye. However, the trailing missile will be visible to some on the east coast before the steam is released.
Tuesday evening is the best observation point for southern New England since the missile’s first launch last Friday. Near sunset (7:55 p.m.) the sky remains mostly clear. Outside of a brisk breeze from the west, sky conditions are on our side to see the missile trail 30-60 seconds after launch!
If the weather interrupts the start and aborts again, several more windows will be available until May 16. We will keep you posted!