- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 50-foot rocket used in aurora research at Poker Flat Research Range is going on display outside a science building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1rt3g1f) reports the Black Brant IX rocket is anchored outside the Arctic Health Research Building.

NASA has supplied dozens of the rockets for launch at the only high-latitude rocket range in the United States.

Geophysical Institute director Bob McCoy worked to install the display to increase awareness about the university’s rocket range.

The display rocket has two stages. The first during a launch would fall off shortly after firing. The second gives the cone its final boost. The cone and a remaining cylinder contain sensors and data collection devices.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the display was scheduled for Friday.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com



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