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NASA Releases Image of GREECE Mission Launching Into Aurora
March 4, 2014

On March 3, 2014, at 6:09 a.m. EST, a NASA-funded sounding rocket launched straight into an aurora over Venetie, Alaska. The Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics – Electron Correlative Experiment, or GREECE, sounding rocket mission, which launched from Poker Flat Research Range in Poker Flat, Alaska, will study classic curls in the aurora in the night sky.


"The conditions were optimal," said Marilia Samara, principal investigator for the mission at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. "We can't wait to dig into the data."

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Karen C. Fox
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

image of GREECE sounding rocket launch into aurora
A NASA-funded sounding rocket launches into an aurora in the early morning of March 3, 2014, over Venetie, Alaska. The GREECE mission studies how certain structures – classic curls like swirls of cream in coffee -- form in the aurora.
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