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Old 17-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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a message i got today... anyone got more info on this?



U.S. NAVY TO CONDUCT MASSIVE ATMOSPHERIC EXPERIMENTAL TESTS
By Rosalind Peterson
September 9, 2009
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Starting as early as today, September 15, 2009
An article in Space.com (1) titled, “NASA Rocket to Create Clouds Tuesday” by Clara Moskowits, Staff Writer – September 14, 2009, was unexpectedly forwarded to me today.
According to the article: “…A rocket experiment set to launch Tuesday aims to create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth’s atmosphere.. The project, called the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE)…”This is really essentially at the boundary of space,” said Wayne Scales, a scientist at Virginia Tech who will…study the physics of the artificial dust cloud as it’s released…CARE is slated to launch Tuesday between 7:30 and 7:57 p.m. EDT (2330 and 2357 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia…..”
“…CARE will release its (aluminum oxide) (2), dust particles a bit higher than that, then let them settle back down to a lower altitude.”What the CARE experiment hopes to do is to create an artificial dust layer,” Professor Scales told SPACE.com.. “Hopefully it’s a creation in a controlled sense, which will allow scientists to study different aspects of it, the turbulence generated on the inside, the distribution of dust particles and such.” CARE is a project of the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program. The spacecraft will launch aboard a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket…Researchers will track the CARE dust cloud for days or even months to study its behavior and development over time…If CARE cannot launch Tuesday, the team can try again between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20, 2009…”
The U.S. Navy, NASA, and the U.S. Defense Department have made a decision to conduct one or more an atmospheric tests, in order to create an aluminum oxide dust cloud without the permission and for the most part, the knowledge of the citizens of the United States. These aluminum oxide particles will eventually return to earth polluting our air, water and soils. The tests may damage the various atmospheric boundaries that protect life on earth – no one has any idea what damage this dust cloud and the testing on this dust cloud may do to our climate, agriculture, human health or the amount of infrared and UV radiation reaching the Earth.
It is time to contact elected officials today and protest this action which may begin as early as today, September 14, 2009. The Navy is already conducting warfare testing in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico and has more ranges in the planning and permit stages. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer noted in a June 19, 2009. Letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce:
“…the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some exercises may occur in the nation’s most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitats…” This involves the decimation of more than 11.7 million marine mammals over five years and will increase with each new warfare testing range expansion.
TESTING IN THE PACIFIC, ATLANTIC, GULF OF MEXICO, HAWAII & ALASKA
TESTING INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
* Gunnery Exercises * Bombing Missions * Missile & Torpedo Firing * Underwater Detonations * Research & Testing * Vessel Sinking * Use of hundreds of toxic chemicals, like lead, mercury, tungsten, aluminum coated fiberglass (chaff), Airborne Obscurants like Red & White Phosphorus, fog oils, rocket and jet fuel emissions * Undersea Warfare Training Range Exercises (USWTR) * Mid and High Frequency Sonar Experiments * Both land and ocean exercises will use planes, drones, rockets and sonic booms * Other classified warfare testing experiments will be conducted in these areas.
Now the U.S. Navy has decided that these experiments are not enough and have added atmospheric testing to their test list. Once again the public has been cut out of the debate, given little or no warning, and there are no Congressional hearings planned for any of these warfare and atmospheric tests.
It is now time that we, the people, stand up and stop these tests. The Navy and the Department of Defense have to understand that they are not allowed to go to war on us and our oceans for any reason. It is time to make our elected officials aware that we are going to stand against these policies. Take action today – contact your elected officials and stop these new atmospheric tests and demand Congressional Hearings.

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Old 17-09-2009, 08:14 PM   #2
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If this is true, it is an outrageous act of crime against the planet.

As if Chemtrails weren't bad enough.

And this won't just affect US, dumping that high up will affect everyone sooner or later.

When will all people 'see' what's happening and get up off their sofas and demand an end to such activities???
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Old 18-09-2009, 09:43 AM   #3
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confirmed true!

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/...ets/CERES.html

FS-1999-12-32-LaRC
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Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES)
EOS-Terra: Understanding Earth's Clouds and Climate
The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is one of several that will be flown aboard the Earth Observing System's Terra spacecraft, scheduled for launch in late1999. The data from the CERES instrument will be used to study the energy exchanged between the Sun; the Earth's atmosphere, surface and clouds; and outer space.
The CERES EOS-Terra instrument will be the second CERES instrument in Earth orbit. The first CERES instrument is currently orbiting the Earth aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission observatory, which was launched in November 1997. Early results of the TRMM mission show that the first CERES has provided better measurement capabilities than any previous satellite instrument of its kind.
What CERES Will Measure
CERES will measure the energy at the top of the atmosphere, as well as estimate energy levels in the atmosphere and at the Earth's surface. Using information from very high resolution cloud imaging instruments on the same spacecraft, CERES also will determine cloud properties, including cloud amount, altitude, thickness, and the size of the cloud particles. All of these measurements are critical for advancing our understanding of the Earth's total climate system and further improving climate prediction models.
The CERES instrument is based on NASA Langley's highly successful Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) which used three satellites to provide global energy budget measurements from 1984 to 1990.
Balancing the Earth's Energy Budget
The Earth's daily weather and climate (long-term weather patterns) are controlled by the balance between the amount of solar energy received by the Earth (by both its surface, and its atmosphere and clouds) and the amount of energy emitted by the Earth into space. Scientists have been working for decades to understand this critical energy balance - to understand the budget of incoming and outgoing energy, called the Earth's "energy budget."
The energy received from the Sun is at short wavelengths while the energy emitted by the surface of the Earth and by clouds is at long wavelengths. Increases in the amounts of greenhouse gases (gases in the atmosphere that absorb the long wavelength energy emitted by the Earth) can lead to a warming of the Earth's surface. Such changes may, in turn, cause changes in the Earth's daily weather and climate.
Some of the shortwave radiation from the Sun is also reflected back into space by clouds and small particles in the atmosphere called aerosols. Major sources of aerosols include windblown dust, emissions from the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline, and the burning of forests and agricultural fields ("biomass burning").
Cloud Effects
One of the most intriguing questions facing climate modelers today is how clouds affect the Earth's climate and vice versa. The U.S. Global Change Research Program classifies understanding the role of clouds and the Earth's energy budget as its highest scientific priority. Understanding cloud effects requires a detailed knowledge of how clouds absorb and reflect incoming shortwave solar energy, as well as how they absorb and re-emit outgoing longwave energy. For example, low, thick clouds primarily reflect incoming solar energy back to space causing cooling. Thin, high clouds, however, primarily trap outgoing longwave energy and produce warming. To date, satellite studies have found that clouds have an overall net cooling effect on the Earth.
Analyses of satellite data have also shown that clouds which form over water are very different from clouds which form over land. These differences affect the way clouds reflect sunlight back into space and how much longwave energy from the Earth the clouds absorb and re-emit. For example, over the equatorial Pacific Ocean during El Niño events, there is a significant decrease in the amount of energy emitted by the Earth due to increased cloudiness. El Niño events occur when portions of the eastern Pacific Ocean become considerably warmer than normal, causing an increase in cloudiness over the region. These changes can affect weather patterns around the world.
Water Vapor Effects
Water vapor in the atmosphere also affects our daily weather and climate, though scientists are only beginning to understand how this complex mechanism works. Water vapor acts like a greenhouse gas, absorbing outgoing longwave energy. Because water vapor also condenses to make clouds, an increase in water vapor in the atmosphere also may increase the amount of clouds.
Future Missions
Three more CERES instruments will be flown following the EOS-Terra launch. These include the EOS-Aqua satellite in 2000. Follow-up CERES missions will be used to create a continuous 15-year history of highly accurate energy budget and cloud data for enhanced climate analyses. All six CERES instruments were built by the TRW Space & Electronics Group in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Educational Outreach Programs
As a CERES instrument passes overhead, students world-wide are making cloud observations, then sending their observations to the NASA Langley Distributed Active Archive Center where the data is stored for further analysis by the CERES science team. The observations are part of a global educational outreach program called the Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (S'COOL) project.
For more CERES information, please contact:
NASA Langley Research Center
Office of Public Affairs
Mail Stop 115
Hampton, VA 23681-0001
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http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/ceres/ASDceres.html

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Old 18-09-2009, 09:47 AM   #4
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well if this is true every body in that area need to look in to what wilhem reich found , orgone and cloudbusting with it and build cloud busting machines to deplete these clouds , and send energy to deplete what h.a.a.r.p are doing to the ionsphere !
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Old 18-09-2009, 09:52 AM   #5
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a quick google and this is the results.

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9901/04/space.trio/

NASA missions to study Earth's clouds, volcanic plumes

January 4, 1999
Web posted at: 11:27 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- Aiming for the clouds rather than the stars, NASA has announced plans for a trio of small spacecraft missions designed to explore the Earth's atmospheric systems early in the new millennium.
Each of the missions is projected to cost under $200 million. All are part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, a long-term, coordinated research enterprise designed to study the Earth as a global environmental system.

PICASSO

Estimated cost: $173.5 million. (NASA provides $117.4 million; France provides $56.1 million)
Launch date: 2003.
A mission with a long-winded title -- even by NASA standards -- the Pathfinder Instruments for Cloud and Aerosol Spaceborne Observation (PICASSO) will be a joint effort of NASA's Langley Research Center and the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris, France.
The project is designed to address the role of clouds and small atmospheric particles known as aerosols and their effect on the Earth's temperature.
PICASSO's instruments will profile the vertical distribution of clouds and aerosols and create images of the infrared (heat) emission of the atmosphere.
Data gathered by the satellite, in conjunction with other Earth observation satellites, should eventually improve the ability of meteorologists to make short-term weather forecasts and long-term climate forecasts, NASA officials said.
"For the first time we will be able to construct the three-dimensional structures of the atmosphere to better understand the role of clouds and aerosols in Earth's climate," said Dr. Ghassem Asrar, NASA's associate administrator for Earth sciences.

CloudSat

Estimated cost: $144.6 million
The CloudSat spacecraft would use advanced cloud-profiling radar to provide information on the vertical structure of highly dynamic tropical cloud systems, according to NASA.
It will also obtain measurements of cloud properties for the first time on a global basis, perhaps revolutionizing scientists' understanding of cloud-related issues.

VOLCAM

Estimated cost: $48 million
The Volcanic Ash Mission (VOLCAM), to be developed as an alternate to CloudSat, is an experimental mission to demonstrate the operational and scientific applications of monitoring volcanic clouds and aerosols from a geostationary orbit, NASA said.
Volcanic eruptions, in addition to causing air traffic hazards, increase the amount of aerosol particles in the upper atmosphere, which scatter sunlight and lead to cooler temperatures at the Earth's surface.
Data obtained by VOLCAM could lead to improved models of global atmospheric circulation a and better understanding of how volcanic aerosols are dispersed, NASA said.
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NASA's Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE), Plans To 'Make Clouds' Tonight . . .

This is crazy . . .
LifeScience: A rocket experiment set to launch Tuesday aims to create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth's atmosphere. The project, called the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE), plans to trigger cloud formation around the rocket's exhaust particles. The clouds are intended to simulate naturally-occurring phenomena called noctilucent clouds, which are the highest clouds in the atmosphere.
"This is really essentially at the boundary of space," said Wayne Scales, a scientist at Virginia Tech who will use computer models to study the physics of the artificial dust cloud as it's released. "Nothing like this has been done before and that's why everybody's really excited about it."
The experiment is the first attempt to create artificial noctilucent clouds. A previous spacecraft, called Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM), launched in 2007 to observe the natural clouds from space.
CARE is slated to launch Tuesday between 7:30 and 7:57 p.m. EDT (2330 and 2357 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Noctilucent means "night shining" in Latin. Although difficult to spot with the naked eye, the clouds are best visible when Earth's surface is in darkness and sunlight from below the horizon illuminates the high-altitude clouds.
These clouds, also known as polar mesospheric clouds, are made of ice crystals. The natural ones tend to hover around 50 to 55 miles (80 to 90 km) above the Earth. CARE will release its dust particles a bit higher than that, then let them settle back down to a lower altitude.
"What the CARE experiment hopes to do is to create an artificial dust layer," Scales told SPACE.com. "Hopefully it's a creation in a controlled sense, which will allow scientists to study different aspects of it, the turbulence generated on the inside, the distribution of dust particles and such."
Picture is of 'one of the first ground sightings of noctilucent clouds in the 2007 season over Budapest, Hungary on June 15, 2007. Credit: Veres Viktor'
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NASA Rocket to Create Clouds Tuesday

livescience.com A rocket experiment set to launch Tuesday aims to create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth's atmosphere.





NASA Rocket to Create Clouds Tuesday

By Clara Moskowitz, Staff Writer
posted: 14 September 2009 12:21 pm ET

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This image shows one of the first ground sightings of noctilucent clouds in the 2007 season over Budapest, Hungary on June 15, 2007. Credit: Veres ViktorNoctilucent clouds over Mt. Sabalan, a 15,784 ft extinct volcano in northwestern Iran. Credit: Siamak SabetNoctilucent clouds over northern Europe. Credit: Pekka Parvianien.
A rocket experiment set to launch Tuesday aims to create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth's atmosphere.
The project, called the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE), plans to trigger cloud formation around the rocket's exhaust particles. The clouds are intended to simulate naturally-occurring phenomena called noctilucent clouds, which are the highest clouds in the atmosphere.
"This is really essentially at the boundary of space," said Wayne Scales, a scientist at Virginia Tech who will use computer models to study the physics of the artificial dust cloud as it's released. "Nothing like this has been done before and that's why everybody's really excited about it."
The experiment is the first attempt to create artificial noctilucent clouds. A previous spacecraft, called Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM), launched in 2007 to observe the natural clouds from space.
CARE is slated to launch Tuesday between 7:30 and 7:57 p.m. EDT (2330 and 2357 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Noctilucent means "night shining" in Latin. Although difficult to spot with the naked eye, the clouds are best visible when Earth's surface is in darkness and sunlight from below the horizon illuminates the high-altitude clouds.
These clouds, also known as polar mesospheric clouds, are made of ice crystals. The natural ones tend to hover around 50 to 55 miles (80 to 90 km) above the Earth. CARE will release its dust particles a bit higher than that, then let them settle back down to a lower altitude.
"What the CARE experiment hopes to do is to create an artificial dust layer," Scales told SPACE.com. "Hopefully it's a creation in a controlled sense, which will allow scientists to study different aspects of it, the turbulence generated on the inside, the distribution of dust particles and such."
CARE is a project of the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program. The spacecraft will launch aboard a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket.
Scientists will study its progress from ground based instruments as well as the STP/NRL STPSat-1 spacecraft in Earth orbit. Researchers will track the CARE dust cloud for days or even months to study its behavior and development over time.
Because the optical observations are crucial, the launch can only take place if the weather is clear both at the launch site and at multiple observation stations along the Atlantic coast and in Bermuda.
If CARE cannot launch Tuesday, the team can try again between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20.
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http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/CARE.html

Night Time Artificial Cloud Study Using NASA Sounding Rocket
09/10/09


A rocket experiment that may shed light on the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere will be conducted from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) will be conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program using a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket. Using ground based instruments and the STP/NRL STPSat-1 spacecraft, scientists will study an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage at about 173 miles altitude.

The rocket flight and the resulting cloud may be seen throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The artificial noctilucent cloud also may be visible the following morning just before sunrise.

Ground based cameras and radars are based at various observation stations along the Atlantic coast and in Bermuda. Because of the optical observations, the launch requires clear skies not only at Wallops but also at the multiple observation stations.

The Spatial Heterodyne IMager for MEsospheric Radicals instrument on the STPSat-1 spacecraft will track the CARE dust cloud for days or even months. The SHIMMER instrument has previously viewed natural noctilucent clouds for the past two years. The CARE will be the first space viewing of an artificial noctilucent cloud.

Data collected during the experiment will provide insight into the formation, evolution, and properties of noctilucent clouds, which are typically observed naturally at high latitudes. In addition to the understanding of noctilucent clouds, scientists will use the experiment to validate and develop simulation models that predict the distribution of dust particles from rocket motors in the upper atmosphere.

Natural noctilucent clouds, also known as polar mesospheric clouds, are found in the upper atmosphere as spectacular displays that are most easily seen just after sunset. The clouds are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere around 50 miles altitude.

They are normally too faint to be seen with the naked eye and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the Earth’s surface is in darkness.

A team from government agencies and universities, led by the Naval Research Laboratory, is conducting the experiment. In addition to the Naval Research Laboratory, participants include the DoD STP, NASA, University of Michigan, Air Force Research Laboratory, Clemson University, Stanford University, University of Colorado, Penn State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Haystack Observatory.

The launch will be web cast, beginning one hour before the opening of the launch window, at http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast

In addition, the launch status can be followed on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops
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http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast/

Posted by RCC on 2009-09-17 at 16:37:54 EDT
The Black Brant XII rocket launch originally scheduled for Sep. 15 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has now been postponed to no earlier than Saturday evening, Sep. 19. The launch window is 7:32 to 7:49 p.m. Sep. 20 is our backup launch day. A decision on the Sep. 19 launch attempt will be made late Friday afternoon. The Sep. 18 attempt was scrubbed because of expected poor weather observation sites.

Posted by RCC on 2009-09-16 at 16:14:09 EDT
The next launch attempt for the Black Brant XII sounding rocket will be no earlier the Friday evening, September 18, between 7:34 and 7:51 p.m. A decision on Friday's launch attempt is expected late Thursday afternoon, Sep. 17.

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Isn't it the sacrifice of CARE that takes place at bohemian grove?

we should pray for mechanical failure so they can't get launched.
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Isn't it the sacrifice of CARE that takes place at bohemian grove?

we should pray for mechanical failure so they can't get launched.
possible that this is happening

The Sep. 18 attempt was scrubbed because of expected poor weather observation sites.
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did anyone get any video or photo of this?

http://www.physorg.com/news172671515.html


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090920/..._rocket_launch
NASA launches rocket, dozens report strange lights

Sun Sep 20, 12:29 am ET
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – NASA says it successfully launched a rocket in Virginia as part of an experiment, and the blast may have caused dozens of people to report seeing strange lights in the sky.
The space agency said it launched the Black Brant XII on Saturday evening to gather data on the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. About the time of the launch, dozens of people in the Northeast started calling local television stations to report seeing strange lights.
The calls came from as far away as Boston, which is about 380 miles northeast of the launch site.
The rocket is designed to create an artificial cloud. NASA hopes the experiment will provide information on the formation and properties of noctilucent clouds, which occur at high altitudes.
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Ceres as seen by Hubble Space Telescope (ACS). The contrast has been enhanced to reveal surface details.



Ceres, formal designation 1 Ceres, is the smallest identified dwarf planet in the Solar System and the only one in the asteroid belt. It was discovered on January 1, 1801, by Giuseppe Piazzi,[17] and is named after the Roman goddess Ceres




In Roman mythology, Ceres is the The Romans adopted Ceres in 496 BC during a devastating famine, when the Sibylline books advised the adoption of her Greek equivalent Demeter, along with Kore (Persephone) and Iacchus (possibly Dionysus).goddess of growing plants (particularly cereals) and of motherly love. Ceres was worshipped in Ancient Roman religion, and is today again worshipped in Religio Romana Neopaganism. Ceres was usually equated with the Greek goddess Demeter.

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Ceres as seen by Hubble Space Telescope (ACS). The contrast has been enhanced to reveal surface details.
while this is interesting and who knows it may just be related to this " NASA cloud making "

would be good to see some photos or video of the " strange lights " that it created.
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try here for a pic or two...

http://www.spaceweather.com/


"SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHT SHOW: The phones started ringing around 7:30 pm EDT on Saturday night, Sept. 19th. All along the US Atlantic seaboard, police stations and news desks received reports of strange lights in the sky. John A. Blackwell of Exeter, New Hampshire, snapped this picture of the phenomenon:

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"It was an impressive display," says Blackwell. "To the naked eye, it was visible for about a minute."

It looks like a passing comet or a giant, luminous amoeba. But this was pure rocket science. The cloud was created by a Black Brant XII sounding rocket launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket released a cloud of electrically-charged aerosols near the top of Earth's atmosphere to investigate the formation of noctilucent clouds or "NLCs." Mysterious NLCs form naturally around Earth's poles during the months of northern summer. On this September evening, researchers decided to see if they could create an artificial NLC at mid-latitudes; it seems to have worked.

Ground-based cameras and radars along the Atlantic coast monitored the experiment while the STPSat-1 satellite watched from Earth orbit. Principal investigators at the Naval Research Lab hope the data will reveal much about the microphysics of noctilucent clouds and the possible role of rockets in creating them.

more images: from Neil Winston of Lusby, Maryland; from Geoff Chester of Alexandria, Virginia; from Greg Piepol near Manassas, Virginia; from Tom McIntyre of Central Park, New York.."
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"SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHT SHOW: The phones started ringing around 7:30 pm EDT on Saturday night, Sept. 19th. All along the US Atlantic seaboard, police stations and news desks received reports of strange lights in the sky. John A. Blackwell of Exeter, New Hampshire, snapped this picture of the phenomenon:

(PICTURE)

"It was an impressive display," says Blackwell. "To the naked eye, it was visible for about a minute."

It looks like a passing comet or a giant, luminous amoeba. But this was pure rocket science. The cloud was created by a Black Brant XII sounding rocket launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket released a cloud of electrically-charged aerosols near the top of Earth's atmosphere to investigate the formation of noctilucent clouds or "NLCs." Mysterious NLCs form naturally around Earth's poles during the months of northern summer. On this September evening, researchers decided to see if they could create an artificial NLC at mid-latitudes; it seems to have worked.

Ground-based cameras and radars along the Atlantic coast monitored the experiment while the STPSat-1 satellite watched from Earth orbit. Principal investigators at the Naval Research Lab hope the data will reveal much about the microphysics of noctilucent clouds and the possible role of rockets in creating them.

more images: from Neil Winston of Lusby, Maryland; from Geoff Chester of Alexandria, Virginia; from Greg Piepol near Manassas, Virginia; from Tom McIntyre of Central Park, New York.."
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Old 21-09-2009, 12:12 AM   #17
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Image taken: Sep. 19, 2009 Neil Winston Location: Lusby, Maryland, USA Details: The rocket launched at around 7:30 pm (Eastern Time) from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. It was a four stage rocket and you could see each stage ignite one after another. About four minutes after the launch, it released it's charged aerosol payload to create artificial noctilucent clouds. The release formed an impressive, bright cone shaped cloud. Photo Details: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, 200 ASA, 30s Exposure
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Geoff Chester Image taken: Sep. 19, 2009 Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Details: The Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) was conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program using a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on 2009 SEPT 19. This image was made from Alexandria, VA, about 250 miles from the cloud release shortly after the burnout of the rocket's 4th stage. It is a 15 second exposure at f/4.5, ISO 50, taken with a Canon PowerShot S2IS digital camera. The bright object to the lower right of the cloud is Jupiter. The cloud was visible for about a minute before it dissipated.
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Greg Piepol Image taken: Sep. 19, 2009 Location: Near Manassas, Va Details: Image is from the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) launch Saturday, Sept 19th. Wallops Island, Va. The Navel Research lab Black Brant XII sounding rocket created an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage at about 173 miles altitude (inset). Jupiter is framed on the right. Image home: http://www.sungazer.net/carelaunch.html http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/CARE.html Thanks, Greg Piepol http://www.sungazer.net
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Tom McIntyre Image taken: Sep. 19, 2009 Location: Central Park, New York, NY at Conservatory Water Details: I had gotten a "heads up" email from Neil Tyson (star-struck) with a link to Joe Rao's info page abuot the CARE rocket launch from Wallops and waited in Central Park to see if it would show over NYC. The image was taken abou 7:51PM with a Canon S5IS hand held. The whole thing only lasted about 8 of 10 seconds. The initial flare looked like a very bright comet. the explosion was about 4 or 5 times the diameter of nearby Jupiter with an initial tail looking just like a ballerina's gauze skirt, and dissipated and faded fast.
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