Get up early Nov. 15 to view the Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station at 4:49 a.m. EST, Nov. 15.
The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the East Coast of the United States.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops opens at 1 a.m. on launch day for public viewing. Additional locations for catching the launch are Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia will not be open for viewing the launch.
Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds.
For more information about the Visitor Center, including directions, see: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter
If you can’t make it to the Wallops area to view the launch you can still partake in the experience through the Wallops Mission Status Center. There you will find information about the mission and links to live countdown audio as well as live video of the launch. Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 14 on the Wallops video and audio Ustream sites.
The Status Center can be reached using a smartphone, computer or tablet using most web browsers including Safari, Firefox or Chrome. It is not compatible with Explorer.
By clicking the tracking link on the Status Center, you can find when you may be able to see the rocket in flight and use your device to find the viewing direction to see the rocket streak across the early morning sky.
WESR will carry the launch live.
Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 4:15 a.m. EDT. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
For more information about International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
Get more information about Northrop Grumman, its Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft at: http://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman
Photo Courtesy NASA Bill Ingals