Saturday rocket launch should be visible along Outer Banks

By on November 15, 2018

The time-lapse view of a 2013 launch at Wallops Island taken from Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. (Ben Gallop)

NASA’s Antares rocket launch visibility map.

A rocket launch now planned for Saturday at 4:01 a.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore should be visible from the Outer Banks.

The launch has twice been delayed because of weather conditions.

NASA has a viewability map that shows when you can see the rocket following the launch. When accessed from a smartphone browser, the Wallops Mission Status Center website can provide specific viewing information based on your location.

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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket will be carrying a Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station, with 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware, including science and research projects in support of dozens of research investigations, according to a NASA release.

Projects include:

  • A test of the first integrated 3D printer and recycler to turn waste plastic materials into high-quality 3D-printer filament to create tools and materials, a key capability for future long-duration space missions beyond low-Earth orbit;
  • A lab-on-a-chip investigation looking at skeletal muscle cells, which aims to better understand muscle growth and repair in microgravity;
  • A student experiment that focuses on the evaluation of self-healing materials in microgravity;
  • Research to develop a mathematical model for how an astronaut’s perception of motion, body position and distance to objects changes in space; and more.

 

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  • Windy Bill

    THANKS for publishing this! I know I’ll be on the beach since the weather is supposed to be clear. It would have good future effects on tourism if all the tourists knew about this.

    Thursday, Nov 15 @ 5:56 pm
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