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Graphic representing the various Heliophysics disciplines; Sun, Earth, Space Weather, Near-Earth Space and the Magnetosphere.
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Understanding the Sun, Heliosphere, and Planetary Environments as a single connected system is a goal of the Heliophysics Research Program.

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Sounding Rockets

Launch photo of Terrier Oriole rocket
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

The Wallops Flight Facility, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, manages all sounding rocket launches for the agency.

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ATREX Launch Information

    The ATREX launches will take place between March 14 and April 3, 2012.

    Map showing the area in which the chemical tracers may be visible.
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    This map shows the projected area in which the chemical tracers released from the rockets may be visible to the public. Credit: NASA/Wallops

    In order for the launches to occur, clear skies are required at three special camera sites located along the mid-Atlantic coast in Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey.

    The visible tracers may be observed for up to 20 minutes by residents in the mid-Atlantic region, and along the east coast of the United States from parts of New Jersey to South Carolina.

    Launch Viewing at Wallops
    The launch window each night will vary but will open no earlier than 11 p.m. EST and close no later than 6:30 a.m. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will be open at least one hour before the opening of the daily launch window for viewing the mission by the public. Call 757-824-2298 to confirm opening time.
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    Web Cast
    The ATREX mission will be web cast beginning 2 hours before the opening of the launch window. Visit

    Information for mariners on areas to avoid on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Wallops Island during launch operations. Visit:

ATREX Launch Status

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    NASA has set the ATREX mission for launch from 2am to 5am EDT, March 27.
    Date Range: March 14 - April 3, 2012
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