Spectacular rocket launch on Monday should be visible in NC
A spectacular rocket launch is planned for Monday night and it should be visible for much of the east coast, including parts of North Carolina.
WTKR-TV reported that the Antares rocket was raised onto its launch pad on Saturday and is ready for Monday evening’s launch at 6:45 p.m.
The rocket will blast off from a beachside NASA launch base along the eastern shore of Virginia, according to Universetoday.com.
The 72-hour launch forecast shows that there is a 98 percent probability of acceptable weather for launch, according to Wallops.
Antares will launch the Cygnus cargo craft on the Orb-3 mission with over 5,000 pounds of supplies for the ISS. The mission is Orbital Sciences’ third cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA.
Cygnus will rendezvous and berth with the ISS early in the morning on November 2. Orbital is launching the Orb-3 mission to orbit several days earlier than necessary to preserve schedule flexibility with its arrival time.