On Thursday, NASA plans to launch an International Space Station Cargo Resupply mission from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility. The launch is scheduled for 9:38 p.m. EDT. If the weather cooperates, the launch could be visible from as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as North Carolina.
This evening NASA plans to launch a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, the 14th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, from NASA’s Wallops Space Flight Facility in Virginia. Launch is scheduled for 9:38 p.m. EDT. A live-stream on NASA TV will begin at shortly before the launch.
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If the weather cooperates, space enthusiasts across the East Coast should be able to spot the actual rocket as it soars toward the ISS. The best way to catch sight of the spacecraft is to find a clear, southern-facing patch of sky. Viewers in Washington D.C. should have clear view of the soaring rocket roughly 90 seconds after lift-off. It should be visible to folks in Philadelphia about 1o0 seconds after launch and to the residents of New York City approximately 30 seconds after that.
A whole host of new science experiments are currently packed into the Cygnus capsule, awaiting their debut in microgravity. Among them are radish seeds, which astronauts plan to sow into space station soil upon their arrival. Scientists hope the fast-growing root vegetable will become a staple crop in the microgravity environment.
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