11 March 2012
NASA is going to put on a real sky show in a couple of weeks, for those on the east coast from New Jersey to South Carolina. Residents of the Delmarva Peninsula will get an especially good view as 5 rockets are launched to explore jet stream winds at the edge of space. Even better, the launch is going to take place at NASA’s Wallops Island test range which is about an hour from my new home in Salisbury,MD on Delmarva.
Any TV weathercaster gets occasional calls and emails from folks who have listened too much to late night talk radio, and are convinced that those white lines in the sky on a sunny day are trails of chemical mind control. The blame for this is either Russia, China, or the evil federal government. I usually have some success in convincing these folks that they are just contrails of frozen water vapor produced by jet aircraft, however, if you think I’m joking about this, trust me when I tell you I’m not. It is a bit scary when you think about how some people can be so easily convinced of a conspiracy theory.
Well, it seems that NASA is about to really make some chem-trails, but they are not made up of mind control chemicals. Instead, they are an attempt to learn more about the least explored area of Earth’s atmosphere. It’s all part of the ATREX experiment and NASA is going to put on a real sky show in a couple of weeks for those on the east coast from New Jersey to South Carolina. Residents of the Delmarva Peninsula should get an especially good view as 5 rockets are launched to explore jet stream winds at the edge of space.
Even better, the launch is going to take place at NASA’s Wallops Island test range which is about an hour from my new home in Salisbury,MD on Delmarva.The thermosphere extends from the top of the Mesosphere well into the range of satellites in low Earth orbit. Spacecraft pass through it very quickly on the way into orbit, and regular aircraft (even spy planes) cannot get this high, so little is known about the region. Check out the image on the right to jog your memory on the layers of the atmosphere. Just remember that above the troposphere the air is too thin to support life.
The goal here is to study the turbulence in these jet stream winds, and to do so the rockets will release a harmless chemical called TMA that will light up like a jet contrail. Cameras will track the contrail to study the turbulence. You can get a more detailed explanation of the project here.
NASA Goddard has a short video there (and below) explaining the ATREX project.
The contrail should look something like the image below of a past TMA release in space…