Research range successfully fires rocket
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Scientists working with Poker Flat Research Range have successfully launched a NASA sounding rocket.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks says the rocket blasted off at 2:09 a.m. Monday and reached 200 miles above the village of Venetie.
The rocket flew through an aurora and measured electrical particles and electrical fields changed by the aurora.
Lead scientist Marilia Samara of the San Antonio, Texas-based Southwest Research Institute says the rocket took four minutes to reach a spot above the aurora.
The launch had previously been thwarted by wind and other adverse conditions during a window from Jan. 25 to Feb. 9.
The launch was the last scheduled this spring at Poker Flat.