Eastern N.C. residents may be able to see Virginia-based NASA rocket liftoff

NASA Antares Rocket Launch Visibility Map

If the weather cooperates, Eastern North Carolina residents may be able to see a NASA rocket being launched from Virginia on Wednesday afternoon. 

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket is slated to launch at 4:46 p.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, located about 240 miles northeast of Greenville, N.C.

The graphic above indicates the number of seconds after launch that the rocket would be visible for that area. Most people in Eastern North Carolina should be able to see the rocket, if they look northeast, between 60 and 150 seconds after its launch time. 

“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 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.

The NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia is located about 240 miles northeast of Greenville, N.C.

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