BOSTON (CBS) – NASA will attempt to launch the KiNET-X rocket again from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday evening.
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.
Tuesday’s launch was scrubbed because of the cloudy skies in Bermuda and Wallops.
Hopefully the start will take place on Wednesday evening. It may be the best night in Massachusetts since the first launch date last Friday. Mostly clear skies move us towards sunset at 7:56 p.m. Don’t expect much cloud cover in the 30-60 seconds after takeoff, which means we’ll have a nice streak in the southeastern sky!
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.
If the weather interrupts the start and aborts again, several more windows will be available until May 16.