Rocket successfully launched at Poker Flat Research Range

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A rocket to study the aurora was successfully launched Wednesday from the Poker Flat Research Range, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The rocket flew 500 miles high and obtained measurements to understand more fully the processes that create the aurora. The measurements will help scientists figure out how energy is exchanged between electric fields, magnetic fields and the upper atmosphere.

The rocket's payload of instruments was custom designed to take measurements much faster than similar instruments used in the past.

Craig Kletzing, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, and James LaBelle, a professor at Dartmouth College, helped build the instruments. The scientists are now analyzing the data transmitted from the instruments during the flight.

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