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NASA Rocket Launch Tonight

September 6, 2013 - 11:00 AM
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Want to see a rocket launch? You may be able to view the rocket launching to the moon later tonight.

It's a big night at NASA Wallops.  A rocket launch is set for tonight, shortly before midnight.  NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will "orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the atmosphere and composition of the thin lunar atmosphee and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky" NASA Wallops. 


The launch is scheduled for 11:27pm EDT Friday night (September 6th) from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA.  Weather conditions for the launch look ideal.  Clear skies and light winds should aid in a successful launch (provided there are no other problems with the Minotaur V rocket that will launch LADEE, etc.). 

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the rocket after it takes off, you'll likely be able to see it in the eastern sky.  Check out this great image from NASA.  Within the red circle (about a 60 mile radius), people should see the rocket rise 10 seconds after launch time.  The rocket will be visible for folks in southern Maryland 30 seconds after the launch and for most of the WJLA viewing area the rocket will be seen two minutes after the launch.


 Here's a link to more information on the LADEE mission.

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