Triangle residents may be able to see Virginia-based NASA rocket liftoff


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – If the weather cooperates on Wednesday – Triangle residents may be able to see NASA launch a rocket from Virginia. 

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket is slated to launch at 4:46 p.m. from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia.

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

The graphic above indicates the number of seconds after launch that the rocket would be visible for that area. 

In the Triangle, it would be between 150 and 180 seconds. Space enthusiasts will need to look to the northeast to get a peek at the rocket. 

The Antares rocket is carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft which will bring 7,600 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station. 

If the weather cooperates, the day time launch may also hinder visibility. 

Wallops Island is in Accomack County about 100 miles north-northeast of Norfolk. 

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