Studying the Venusian Atmosphere on a Surface-to-Air Missile

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January 31st, 2014

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.


VeSpR_Launchpad VeSpR_Launch VeSpR_Recovery VeSpR_recovery_27nov13