sounding rocket

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Definition of sounding rocket 

: a rocket used especially to obtain information concerning atmospheric conditions at various altitudes

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Of course, the trade-off is that sounding rockets have a brief mission life. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 Traveling at a moment’s notice is a sounding rocket badge of honor. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 The space agency will launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Delmarva Peninsula that will deploy colorful vapor tracers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NASA Launch Will Dot the Sky With Colorful Clouds," 29 June 2017 Working in the New Mexico desert, the scientists launched a sounding rocket called FOXSI containing seven telescopes on a 15-minute trip into space to observe the sun (shown above in x-ray light). Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, "Explosions on the sun’s surface explain its extremely hot outermost layers," 9 Oct. 2017 The sounding rocket program fills the gap between regions of the atmosphere that are too low for satellites to sample but too high for conventional aircraft to reach. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NASA Launch Will Dot the Sky With Colorful Clouds," 29 June 2017 In January, German researchers produced an exotic state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate by launching cold atoms on a sounding rocket from Sweden. Edwin Cartlidge, Science | AAAS, "China’s atomic clock passes space test," 20 Sep. 2017

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circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

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