Sunset Rocket Launch May Be Visible Tonight
NASA set to launch a rocket that may be seen from our area tonight.
Put down that remote, because there's a chance you will witness a spectacular reality show right in your own backyard tonight.
NASA is preparing to launch a new military satellite from its launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia at 8:28 p.m. EDT.
The launch may be visible, depending on cloud cover and location, from southern New York to North Carolina. So, look to the southeast for a contrail that might be visible just minutes after an on-time launch. There is a Tuesday window from 8:28 p.m. – 11:28 p.m.
According to NASA’s website, there is a 70 percent chance weather may ground this rocket for the moment.
The U.S. Air Force’s Minotaur 1 rocket is carrying the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space office’s ORS-1 satellite. According to NASA, it’s 70 feet tall and 5 feet wide, and it’s “an important step to demonstrate the capability to meet emerging and persistent war-fighter needs.”
For information on the mission and where to look for status updates go to: