Following several delays, NASA launches rocket from Wallops

NOTE: Click here for video of NASA Wallops’ rocket launch.


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) — Following several delays, NASA launched a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket early Thursday morning from the Wallops Island Flight Facility.

The launch had been rescheduled several times before for reasons including high winds, cloud cover and “poor science conditions.”

Gallery: Vapor clouds from Wallops Island launch

NASA says 10 canisters deployed during the test, roughly six to 12 miles from the rocket. These canisters deployed blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds, which allowed scientists to track particle motions.

These vapors were expected to be visible from New York down to North Carolina.

WAVY viewers sent photos of the vapor clouds Thursday morning.

Wallops posted a video to YouTube showing a time-lapse of the vapor clouds.