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NASA Is About to Blast Two Rockets Into the Northern Light

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NASA plans to send two rockets over a hundred miles above Earth, 

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Each timed perfectly to punch through one of nature's most extraordinary works of art: the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis.   

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Though we know quite a bit about light shows like these, such as their characteristic neon green luminescence and their abundance near the poles 

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Rocket one, the team says, will release vapor tracers -- similar to colorful chemicals that are used in fireworks -- to track how winds near the aurora are traveling.  

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Then the second rocket will measure temperature and density of the plasma in the aurora's vicinity. 

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In a few days, we might be able to cross yet another problem off the unending list of physics puzzles. 

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