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The Rocket Launch!

After months of hard work building and testing the instruments and a few weeks of waiting for just the right auroral conditions, the CHARM sounding rocket (also known as 40.019 UE Black Brant XII) was launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska on February 28, 2007 at 08:39:41 Z (that's 2:39:41 AM CST).

I hope you enjoyed reading about the detector calibrations, integration and testing for the CHARM sounding rocket. If you'd like to read more about sounding rockets, Professor Kristina Lynch from Dartmouth College has an interesting online journal about the ROPA rocket that was launched from Poker Flat on February 12, 2007. I didn't get to travel to Alaska to watch the CHARM launch, so reading Professor Lynch's web page will give you a better idea of what happens out in the field while making the final preparations for the launch. You can also learn about all of the rockets that were launched from Poker Flat in 2007, as well as the upcoming sounding rocket missions on the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office web site.

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About Kris Sigsbee

Dr. Kris Sigsbee currently works as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. She received her M.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota for her study of lunar impact craters. She received her Ph.D. in space physics from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Her research interests include the solar wind, the aurora borealis, geomagnetic storms, and the Van Allen radiation belts. Dr. Sigsbee has also helped test instruments for the CHARM sounding rocket. You can read more about Dr. Sigsbee in her Solar Week biography.

"No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space." - Captain James T. Kirk

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