NASA delayed its rocket launch to create colorful clouds. Here's the new plan for Tuesday.
After rescheduling six times, NASA aims to launch a rocket Tuesday night that will light up the sky with colors that may look similar to an aurora borealis ("northern lights").
The launch was supposed to happen Monday night, but cloudy skies reportedly delayed the project yet again. One can only hope that this time is for real — Monday marks the sixth reschedule since the original date of May 31. Now, the launch is slated for 9:04 to 9:19 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 13, with a live web broadcast from NASA starting at about 8:30 p.m.
About 10 soda can-sized canisters will open up in the air, releasing a cloud-forming cocktail that will paint the sky glowing blue-green and red colors.
Though the launch will happen from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, people living along the Eastern coastline from New York to North Carolina may be able to see the sky change colors in person.
The colorful clouds are meant to help scientists better see and understand the aurora and ionosphere, a layer of the Earth's atmosphere that affects satellite and radio communication, as well as with navigation.
Today is a new day, so perhaps the light show will finally happen.