Picture of the Day: NASA Launches Five Rockets in Just Five Minutes

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In the wee morning hours yesterday, NASA launched five suborbital rockets in quick succession, each only 80 seconds after the last. Each rocket released a cloud of a chemical tracer about 65 miles above Earth. By studying the clouds, NASA hopes to better understand the wind patterns at the border of space, which will help them to build better satellites and communication systems for future missions. The rockets launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on the coast of Virginia and were visible as far south as Wilmington, NC, north to Buffalo, NY, and west to Charlestown, WV.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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