Lithium Trails. ©NASA/WFF


Rocket Launch Colors the Sky Red With Lithium

By Keith Cowing
Posted January 29, 2013 11:01 PM

NASA successfully launched a Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital rocket at 5:50 p.m. EST this evening from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. During the flight, two red-colored lithium vapor trails were produced. Reports from those viewing the launch or vapor trails came from as far away as the Outer Banks, N.C.; eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Two different methods for creating the lithium vapor were tested to determine which configuration is best for observing various science phenomena in space.

Read more: Rocket Launch Colors the Sky Red With Lithium – SpaceRef.

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