Washington, Jun 30 (PTI) NASA has successfully launched a sounding rocket that created colourful artificial clouds visible in the US skies. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial

The NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was successfully launched yesterday, from the US space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, after being delayed multiple times over the last 30 days. Also Read - 70-Year-Old Man Collapses, Dies Just 25 Mins After Taking Covid-19 Vaccine; Exact Reason Unclear

During the 8-minute flight, 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can were ejected in space, 9 to 19 kilometres away from the 300-kg main payload. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders

The canisters deployed blue-green and red vapour that formed artificial clouds visible from New York to North Carolina.

During an ionosphere or aurora science mission, these clouds, or vapour tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

The development of the multi-canister ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously possible when deploying the tracers just from the main payload.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.