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February 21, 2012
Rocket to be launched from Poker Flat Research Range
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Scientists are now at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks waiting for acceptable conditions for the launch of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration sounding rocket. The rocket will gather information on space weather conditions that affect satellite communications. The launch window for the two-stage rocket opened the evening of Feb. 13, 2012 and extends until March 2, 2012. Steven Powell of Cornell University is the principal investigator on the mission to launch the rock ... read more

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