This visibility map of the Mid-Atlantic illustrates potential viewing opportunities in the region of the launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo courtesy of the NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

 

NASA Antares Launch from the Wallops Flight Facility

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches from Pad-0A with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, Sunday, July 13, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. The Orbital-2 mission is Orbital Sciences’ second contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

April 17 will provide the opportunity to view a daytime launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Wallops 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 4:46 p.m. EDT, April 17.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the East Coast of the United States.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops opens at noon 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. The beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore/Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will not be open during the launch.

Visitors are reminded that alcohol, pets and firearms are not allowed on the NASA Visitor Center grounds. Also, because of limited parking, over-size vehicles such as campers and recreational vehicles will not be able to park on the Visitor Center grounds.

103.3 FM WESR will carry live the audio from the launch, so be sure to tune in the Shore’s radio station while viewing for updates. You can also stream our coverage at ShoreDailyNews.com or on the Eastern Shore Radio App.