Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Not sure why, but NASA launches cloud-making rocket

NASA is launching a rocket this week that will “create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth's atmosphere.” (LiveScience) How? By creating an artificial dust cloud (upon which moisture would presumably condense).

The article doesn’t say why they’re doing it. But Pound360 has some ideas. One, if this is a cheap, easy thing to pull off, we could get a steady cloud layer going to cool the Earth if global warming gets out of hand.

Maybe the scientists are doing this for the same reason that people climb mountains. Because they can. "Nothing like this has been done before and that's why everybody's really excited about it."

Hm. In today’s economic climate, when
thousands are marching on Washington to protest “out-of-control spending,” Pound360 hopes there’s a better answer.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.