The launch of NASA's Antares Rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m.
The launch was scrubbed Saturday morning after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. More details about the failed attempt here.
The launch of @OrbitalATK’s #Antares rocket carrying the #Cygnus cargo spacecraft has scrubbed for Saturday after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14am ET. Details: https://t.co/voHrSRQhj0 pic.twitter.com/VqZlvTICTv— NASA (@NASA) November 11, 2017
Here's a look at preparations Saturday before the launch was rescheduled:
This picture from Friday morning shows the rocket's size, which is the biggest the NASA facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia sends up.
The space station re-supply mission Sunday morning could be visible from Richmond 90 seconds after liftoff!
Many of you know that I LOVE these launches and the Antares Rocket they are using is the biggest we get to see up close. And produced a memorable launch for Richmonders last October. But that launch was at night, making it easy to see.
This launch will be an hour after sunrise and the rocket will be heading East. That means it'll be tough to get a good view unless you are pretty close. The sun will likely block most of the view.
But I still recommend giving it a shot. Especially if you live East of I-95 and have an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon.
Here's what the NASA's Wallops Flight Facility says for us in Richmond.
Richmond-based viewers with an unobstructed eastern horizon may have the chance to see it, about 90 seconds after launch, but sun glare could interfere with sighting opportunities.— NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) November 10, 2017
But check out the size of this rocket! It'll be taking 7,500 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.
(Photos courtesy of Orbital ATK)
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