11th Time The Charm? Wallops Rocket Launch Now Early Thurs. Morning

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WVEC) -- Get some coffee ready, and keep your fingers crossed. 

NASA announced Monday that the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket will now be scheduled for Thursday morning, with a launch window between 4:15 and 4:45 a.m.

This comes after the 10th attempt to launch the rocket was scrubbed over the weekend, due to cloudiness from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy.

The agency has been trying to launch the rocket from Wallops Flight Facility since May 31, with no success. Reasons for canceling the launch have included high winds, thunderstorms, cloud cover, and boats in the hazard area.

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Clear skies are required for scientists on the ground to view the highlight of the sounding rocket's mission: colorful clouds of vapor that will be deployed about four minutes into the flight.

The goal is to test a new deployment method for the clouds, NASA said. The red and blue-green clouds are expected to be visible from New York to North Carolina and as far west as Charlottesville, Virginia.

Studying the clouds' interactions will help support studies of the ionosphere and aurora, officials say.

The Delmarva Daily Times contributed to this report.

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