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.

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.