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Alfven Instrument to Assess Aurora’s Aura

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POKER FLAT RESEARCH RANGE, Alaska, Feb. 22, 2012 — A small rocket was launched into the aurora borealis in an attempt to discover how its physical properties affect the satellite signals received on Earth. The two-stage, 46-foot Terrier-Black Brant rocket blasted off from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska, reaching a height of about 217 miles. The experiment is part of a NASA-funded study into how the northern lights affect space weather and signals on global positioning system (GPS) satellites and other spacecraft. A two-stage Terrier-Black Brant rocket arced through aurora 200 miles above Earth as the...Read full article

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