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NASA Sounding Rocket Launch from New Mexico
NASA will launch a University of Colorado experiment to image the sun on a NASA two-stage Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket at 1:00 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. EDT) June 23 from the White Sands Missile Range, N. M.

Black Brant IX Sounding Rocket The flight will be an under-flight calibration for the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) that is onboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite.

The EVE Program will provide solar EUV irradiance data for NASA’s Living with the Star program, including near real-time data products for use in operational atmospheric models that specify the space environment and to assist in forecasting space weather operations.

The EVE program also will advance understanding of the physics of the solar EUV irradiance variations on time scales from flares to the solar cycle. This progress, which includes providing better predictions, will result from simultaneous measurements of the EUV irradiance and full Sun images of magnetic fields brightness at Wavelengths emitted from the chromospheres, transition region, and corona, which are obtained by other SDO instruments.

EVE is headed by Dr. Thomas Woods of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder