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Green, Violet, Oh My: NASA Rocket Launch Lights Up Eastern Skies

Added 05-17-21 01:07:07am EST - “The mission, to study energy transfer in space, had a brilliant upshot for nighttime viewers. East Coasters saw the green and violet vapor clouds glowing above ?" and have the pictures to prove it.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Green, Violet, Oh My: NASA Rocket Launch Lights Up Eastern Skies”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Joshua Guirguis saw a vapor tracer race across the sky in Marlton, N.J. Joshua Guirguis hide caption

Swaths of East Coasters who looked up at the night sky on Sunday were treated to a light show, courtesy of NASA's Black Brant XII rocket. And they've got the pictures to prove it.

The rocket launched at 8:44 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. But it was the "vapor tracers" that it released into the atmosphere that most spectators glimpsed shooting across the sky.

Francis Murphy was in Assawoman, Va., across the bay from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, when he caught the launch of the KiNET-X mission. Francis Murphy hide caption

Francis Murphy was in Assawoman, Va., across the bay from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, when he caught the launch of the KiNET-X mission.

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