Studying the Venusian Atmosphere on a Surface-to-Air Missile
On Nov. 26, 2013, The Venus Spectral Rocket Experiment (VeSpR) launched successfully from White Sands Missile Range. VeSpR is a sounding rocket experiment designed to study the ultraviolet light emitted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, led by principal investigator and BU Astronomy Professor John Clarke. VeSpR was loaded into a two-stage rocket, consisting of a Black Brant model Mk1 sounding rocket and a modified Terrier surface-to-air missile. Please see the NASA press release for more details:
Pictured below is the VeSpR launch and subsequent retrieval at White Sands.