A test of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital rocket was successfully conducted NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in 2011.
NASA plans to launch five rockets from coastal Virginia on a clear night sometime in the next few weeks, and sky watchers along the East coast may catch a glimpse of the space agency's experiment.
NASA hopes the rockets will allow scientists to learn more about the jet stream current at the edge of space. The rockets will release a chemical trail to track winds that circle the planet. The winds reach up to 300 miles per hour about 65 miles above Earth.
The agency says the long, milky-white clouds could be visible for about 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to southern New Hampshire, and as far west as Morgantown, W.Va.
That covers major cities including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, although visibility will depend on ground lighting, cloud cover and the rockets' trajectory.
NASA plans to launch the rockets sometime between March 14 and April 4.