Sounding Rocket Animations

  • Released Thursday, May 9th, 2019
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:45PM

A sounding rocket is able to carry science instruments between 30 - 300 miles above Earth's surface. These altitudes are typically too high for science balloons and too low for satellites to access safely making sounding rockets the only platforms that can carry out direct in situ measurements in these regions.

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A sounding rocket is able to carry science instruments between 30 - 300 miles above Earth's surface. These altitudes are typically too high for science balloons and too low for satellites to access safely making sounding rockets the only platforms that can carry out direct in situ measurements in these regions.

This animation is not annoted with the altitudes.



Credits

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center