NASA Launches Rocket, Dozens Report Strange Lights

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- NASA says it successfully launched a rocket in Virginia as part of an experiment, and the blast may have caused dozens of people to report seeing strange lights in the sky.

The space agency said it launched the Black Brant XII on Saturday evening to gather data on the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere.

About the time of the launch, dozens of people in the Northeast started calling local television stations to report seeing strange lights.

The calls came from as far away as Boston, which is about 380 miles northeast of the launch site.

The rocket is designed to create an artificial cloud.

NASA hopes the experiment will provide information on the formation and properties of noctilucent clouds, which occur at high altitudes.


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  • by Saw it myself Location: Eastern Pines on Sep 21, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    Looked up into the sky sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 and saw this huge bright light. It reminded me of what a flashlight would look like if it wer turned on during fog. It was such a bright white light and then the tip just faded out. There were 4 of us that saw it and speculated on everything from UFO, comet, meteor, or a rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral. We really did believe we could see anything from that far away. I saw this story yesterday and called our friends to tell them we aren't crazy and that there was something in the sky.
  • by L Location: jacksonville on Sep 20, 2009 at 09:22 PM
    Why would the NASA want to destroy a city? So that the government would have to spent that much more money on FEMA clean-up? Have insurance companies pay out all those claims? Now all those people that may not have needed government assistance that now need welfare because their whole lives were washed away? All those National Guard troops who needed to be transported to and from LA to aide the civilians, let alone the cost of the supplies provided? Etc., Etc. you get my point. NASA really wanted to produce those expenses... go get yourself a tinfoil hat.
  • by kk Location: newport on Sep 20, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    so they are saying they can control the weather....hmmmmmmmm....sounds hurricane katrina conspiracy to me
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