People from Connecticut to South Carolina could possibly see the deliberate Nov. 11, 2017, launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft towards the International Space Station.
If you reside on or close to elements of the U.S. East Coast, you could possibly see a rocket launch Saturday morning (Nov. 11).
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying the corporate’s uncrewed Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch towards the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday at 7:37 a.m. EDT (1237 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Weather allowing, people as far north as Connecticut and as far south as South Carolina could possibly spot the arc of fireside that the Antares carves into the sky because it climbs, in accordance with visibility maps produced by NASA and Orbital ATK. (You may also watch the liftoff reside on-line right here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.)
There is a complicating issue, nevertheless.
“We’ll be flying into the sunrise, so it may make it a little harder to view it far down range,” Kurt Eberly, Antares deputy program supervisor at Orbital ATK, stated at a prelaunch information convention immediately (Nov. 10). “But near range, it should be plenty viewable.”
And lots of people will get a near-range eyeful: About 1,000 to 2,000 individuals are anticipated to observe the launch from the Wallops Visitor Center, Wallops spokesman Keith Koehler advised Space.com.
To study extra about viewing launches from Wallops and the encompbading space, try the flight facility’s viewing information right here. You may also obtain the “What’s Up at Wallops” app to learn to see the launch out of your location. And Wallops officers will submit updates on Twitter and Facebook main as much as the liftoff.
Saturday’s launch will kick off Orbital ATK’s eighth business cargo run to the ISS for NASA. The Cygnus spacecraft — which is known as S.S. Gene Cernan, after the late Apollo astronaut, who was the final individual to stroll on the moon — is loaded up with provides, tools and a wide range of scientific experiments.
One of those investigations will research the impact of the microgravity setting on bacterial antibiotic resistance, and one other will look into plant progress in area.
Orbital ATK is not the one non-public firm with a NASA ISS cargo contract. SpaceX flies such uncrewed missions as properly, utilizing its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule.
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