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Aurora rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range

Ned Rozell
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3/5/14

Photo credit: © 2014 Merrick Peirce

At 2:09 a.m. on March 3, 2014, aurora researchers launched a NASA sounding rocket over a display that rippled above northern Alaska. The rocket flew through the electric particles flowing down to create an aurora, allowing scientists to measure both the particles and the electric fields changed by the aurora.

GI researchers test small rocket from Poker Flat Research Range

On Feb. 9, 2014, a team of Geophysical Institute researchers launched a 10-foot carbon-fiber rocket on a seven-minute flight from Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. They fired the rocket to test its capabilities as a low-cost test vehicle for space physicists and other scientists who send missions through the aurora.

Rockets set to launch from Poker Flat Research Range

The 2014 launch season at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks opened Friday, January 24.

Scientists are preparing for an experiment that will launch a NASA sounding rocket over the aurora while observing beneath it using cameras based at a village in northern Alaska. The launch window for the experiment opens January 24 and extends to Feb. 6, 2013. A second, smaller test launch will follow.

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