ATREX - Sounding Rockets
NASA plans to launches five rockets in approximately five minutes to study the high-altitude jet stream from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX), a heliophysics mission, will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.
The rockets being used for the ATREX mission are two Terrier-Improved Orions (left), one Terrier-Oriole (center) and two Terrier-Improved Malemutes (right).
The ATREX launches will take place between March 14 and April 4. The five rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form milky, white tracer clouds that allow scientists and the public to "see" the winds in space.