Lightning FAQ: How are rockets used to make
Researchers use rocket-triggered lightning as a means to make scientific
observations of natural lightning at a close range. <
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extremely dangerous and requires careful safety measures, and is best
left to experts. Spools of thin metal wire are attached to the
of small rockets. When the rockets are launched towards a thunderstorm
cloud, the wire unwinds, creating a conducting path and initiating a
ground-to-cloud lightning discharge.
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