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NASA Hosts Teleconference on Upcoming Launch of Five Rockets
03.05.12
 
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday March 7 to discuss the upcoming launch of five sounding rockets in just over five minutes that will illuminate almost the entire Atlantic Coast.

Called the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX), the mission will gather information needed to better understand the high-altitude jet stream winds located 60-65 miles above the surface of the Earth. Scientists want to better understand this region that can cause electrical turbulence adversely affecting satellite and radio communications.

The experiment will use a chemical tracer released from each rocket to help observe the winds. The tracer’s may be visible to the public along the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the northeastern United States.

Participants are:

- Miguel Larsen, Clemson University, ATREX principal investigator
- Jack Vieira, Wallops Flight Facility, ATREX project manager

To participate in the media teleconference, journalists must contact Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov by 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 6.

Audio of the event will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Related images and video will be posted at the time of the teleconference at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/missions/atrex.html