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June 24, 2013

NASA postpones launch of 2 rockets from Va.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — High cirrus clouds have postponed the launch of two sounding rockets from NASA’s Wallops Island Facility in Virginia.

The launches will support a joint project between NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to study a global electrical current that sweeps through the ionosphere.

NASA says clear skies are needed for the project.

The Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion were scheduled to be launched 15 seconds apart Monday morning. NASA scrubbed the launch and rescheduled it for Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

NASA says the single-stage Black Brant V will collect data on the neutral and charged particles through which it travels through.

A trail of lithium gas will be shot out from the two-stage Terrier-Improved Orion to track how the upper atmospheric wind varies with altitude.

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