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NASA's plan to launch artificial colourful clouds postponed
NASA has said that its plan to launch colourful artificial clouds has been postponed mainly because of abnormally high winds and haze. The mission that was scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was part of a technology test.

As per reports, the next date that was feasible for the launch was Monday night (June 12).

But what exactly is the mission about?

The space agency was scheduled to launch a small rocket that would create colourful artificial clouds. This was scheduled in a manner that it could be viewed by the people living on the US East Coast from New York to North Carolina on a real time basis but only if the weather was favourable.

The rocket was scheduled to lift off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Within 5 minutes after the takeoff, it would deploy 10 canisters. The canisters that are of the size of soda cans will release barium, strontium and cupric-oxide vapour. This will form blue-green and red artificial clouds.

As per a report in, the mission is for testing a new multi-canister ejection system which allows the researchers to collect data over a much wider area than has been earlier possible.

This is not the first time that the mission has been delayed. Originally, it was supposed to lift off late last month. But even then it was delayed and that too because of unfavourable weather. In fact, once it was delayed because a boat had strayed into the danger zone.

The flight though is of 8 minutes only, the clouds are expected to be visible for about 20 minutes. The mission will be telecast live on the Wallops Ustream site. The updates regarding the launch are also available on the Facebook and Twitter sites of Wallpos.

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