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NASA to form artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands to study atmosphere

NASA to form artificial night-time clouds over Marshall Islands to study atmosphere

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A NASA rocket mission to study disturbances in the upper atmosphere, which interfere with communication and technology systems, will form night-time white artificial clouds visible by residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands during two rocket flights to occur between June 9 – 21, 2019. This the second flight of the Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo, or WINDY, mission. The mission this time is referred to as Too-WINDY – it’s catchier than WINDY 2. Too-WINDY will study a phenomenon that occurs in the ionosphere – a layer of charged particles in the upper atmosphere. Known as equatorial spread F, or ESF, these disturbances occur after sunset at latitudes near the equator in part of the ionosphere known as the F region. The disturbances can interfere with radio communication, navigation and imaging systems and pose a hazard to technology and society that depends on it. The Too-WINDY mission consists of two NASA suborbital sounding rockets that will be launched five…
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