NASA Launches Another Sounding Rocket Carrying Spectrograph For Sun Observation

By Menahem, Zen | May 06, 2017 09:31 AM EDT

NASA has launched another spectrograph on Friday to analyze the sun. This is the third NASA sounding rocket, which was launched to observe the sun and finding some answers. The spectrograph is designed and built by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

According to Southwest Research Institute, the new NASA sounding rocket carried an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph. The rocket, called Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE), is targeting the active region of the Sun to help scientists better understand the dynamics of the sun that cause solar eruptions. The RAISE is launched last Friday, May 5, at 12:25 p.m. MDT from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The sounding rocket is launched on Black Brant IX rocket, and NASA sounding rocket will be placed 200 miles up into the atmosphere. Following the successful launch, which took two hours late than scheduled, NASA reported that the spectrograph has worked well. The analyst from Southwest Research Institute, Don Hassler has reported the NASA sounding rocket has delivered the good data to the observation station

NASA sounding rocket is the instrument built by the Southwest Research Institute, funded by NASA. This RAISE is the third spectrograph send to observe the sun as a collaboration between NASA and the Southwest Research Institute. The NASA sounding rocket will carry spectrograph that is able to take 1,500 images of the sun within five minutes to help scientist to understand the sun better.

The spectrograph is an instrument that is capable of separating light into the different variety spectrum. Subsequently, the spectrograph will record the spectrum, separated by its wavelength with a camera. The NASA sounding rocket uses the spectrograph to analyze the space object and to gather the critical scientific and critical data for the space program.

The NASA sounding rocket project has been going on for more than 40 years, and according to NASA, the sounding rocket is the most robust, versatile, and cost-effective flight programs. Typically, the sounding rocket carrying scientific instrument into the suborbital space in a parabolic trajectory, within a brief time in space, typically 5-20 minutes. Watch the explanation of the NASA sounding rocket below:

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