A pink cloud was reported in the early morning, (pre-sunrise), sky over Arizona on Wednesday. NASA and the DOD soon thereafter took credit for the cloud. They had launched a rocket into the ionosphere where it released a vapor that created the cloud. The purpose of the experiment was to study the effects of the vapor on the ionosphere itself. The article, referenced above from ABC, said:"The experiment, which also involved using ground stations to take measurements of the
As a space travel enthusiast since I was knee-high to a grasshopper it took me many years to appreciate robot probe missions with anything like the zeal engendered by manned spaceflight. As a schoolboy I watched the first space shuttle mission launch in 1981; no doubt like a multitude of others I initially considered this the start of the ‘casual' rather than pioneering phase of astronautics.
This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for my students. So, you have collected some interesting data from your experiments. Since no one but you will be reading your lab notebook (but hopefully people could if they wanted to), you need to present that data in figures so the rest of […]