Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro Polarimeter 2.1 (CLASP)

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The science goal of the 36.374 McKenzie Chromospheric Layer SpectroPolarimeter(CLASP2.1) mission is the mapping of circular polarization of the Mg II h&k lines over a solar active region caused by scattering and magnetic effects. CLASP2.1 was a reflight of 36.332 McKenzie (CLASP2), which successfully launched in 2019.

The Principal Investigator is Dr. McKenzie/NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

More information on CLASP-2.1: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/sounding-rocket-mission-to-offer-snapshot-of-sun-s-magnetic-field/

Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.

Additional sounding rocket vehicles

Google Earth Map showing White Sands Missile Range.

The CLASP mission was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on October 8, 2021.

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