A NASA Wallops missile launch is now scheduled for Tuesday night


Boston (CBS) – NASA hopes to launch a Kinet-X sonic missile from Wallops Airport in Virginia at 8:05 p.m., Tuesday.

Sunday and Monday openings have been postponed due to “lack of high-level air for safe launch.” The original version was scheduled to launch last Friday, but has moved every night due to the weather.

The goal of the mission is to study how energy and velocity transfer between magnetic fields.

This study will help scientists better understand things like the aurora borealis and how they form and move from one place to another.

To study this, the missile would emit barium vapor aboard a plane 9 miles north of Bermuda for 9-10 minutes. Don’t worry, this steam is harmless to the environment or the public. In fact, it is unlikely to be visible to the human eye. However, before the steam was launched on Monday evening, some people on the east coast knew that the missile was heading behind them.

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With partial accuracy, parts of Massachusetts may have a chance to see this missile within 30 to 60 seconds of launch.

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If the weather stops and the restart is canceled, there are still many windows until May 16th. We will keep you updated!


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