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Antares rocket launch visible along East Coast tonight

Posted at 8:29 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 10:00:46-04

WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY — A weekend launch of the Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia was postponed until Monday after a cable “did not perform as expected during the pre-launch check out.”

The new launch day and time is scheduled for Monday, October 17 at 7:40 p.m.

Thanks to fair weather, the launch will be visible from Virginia and a lot of the Mid-Atlantic.

You will need a good view of the horizon that is not blocked by buildings or trees.

Viewing from an elevated position will work best.

In the eastern sky, the rocket will be visible above the horizon at the following times:


This is the first launch of an Antares rocket since, October 28, 2014, when the rocket exploded on the launch pad.  The rocket has since been redesigned.

Click here to read more about the mission from NASA.

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