NASA Rocket Launch Scheduled For Thursday

Next Launch For NASA Space Exploration Program On November 15, at 4:49 a.m. EST, NASA will launch an Antares rocket from its Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA’s...

Next Launch For NASA Space Exploration Program

On November 15, at 4:49 a.m. EST, NASA will launch an Antares rocket from its Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) on Wallops Island, along Virginia’s eastern shore.

Designed by aerospace and defense manufacturer Northup Grumman, the rocket will carry one of the company’s Cygnus spacecrafts, which was designed to transport supplies to the International Space Station following the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

The WFF announced the news on a Facebook post, they said: “An early morning resupply launch to the ISS is going to light up the sky on Nov. 15! The launch is expected to be visible to much of the East Coast if the skies are clear.”

On the day of the launch, the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will be open from 1 a.m. to members of the public who want to watch. Additional nearby locations to catch the rocket taking off, according to the space agency, are Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island or Beach Road, which extends between Chincoteague and Assateague islands.

Neither the Assateague Island National Seashore protected area nor the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will be open for viewing for the launch. One potential problem for the launch is the weather. Showers are expected near the launch site Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The timing of the showers could force NASA to reschedule the launch.

When the launch occurs (and if skies are clear), the rocket will be visible to people throughout the East Coast. If you can’t get outside to take a look at the rocket, NASA will provide live coverage of the launch on NASA television and the agency’s website.

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