NASA launches space rocket from Australia for the first time in 27 years. It was the first of three missiles launched from the Arnhem Space Center.
After a series of rain and wind delays, the rocket flew into the sky Sunday to study X-rays emanating from the Alpha Centauri A and B constellations. When the rocket reached its highest point, 350 kilometers, it began to record data. Constellations.
The Arnhem Space Center in the North is Equatorial Launch Australia’s business arm. So this is the first launch in NASA history from a commercial launch pad outside the United States. It was the first NASA rocket to be launched from Australia since 1995.
Brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University, located 400 meters from the launch pad at the Arnhem Space Center, said Australia’s dry terrain and proximity to the equator provide optimal conditions for space launch.
“There are not many places near the equator where you can get dry, stable air. Florida is a swamp where Cape Canaveral is,” Tucker said of NASA’s famous Kennedy Space Center.
Rockets are used to study heliophysics, the nature and impact of the sun, and planetary phenomena. “Launches will allow light from one star to explore how one planet’s habitat is affected by another,” said NASA’s Nicki Fox.
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