Sounding rocket launched into aurora

national March 06, 2014 00:00

By Christopher Perry

A handout picture released by NASA on Thursday shows a long exposure, fish eye view of a NASA-funded sounding rocket launching into an aurora over Venetie, Alaska, USA, in the early morning of Monday.

The GREECE mission studies how certain structures' classic curls like swirls of cream in coffee -- form in the aurora. The Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics' Electron Correlative Experiment, or GREECE, sounding rocket mission, which launched from Poker Flat Research Range in Poker Flat, Alaska, will study classic curls in the aurora in the night sky.