Monday, June 23, 2014

UPDATED: ISS Supply Mission Launch to be Visible from Hagerstown Area

Viewing Map for Antares Launch - Photo from
Article updated 7/9/2014

Wallops Island, VA - On July 12, 2014 Orbital Sciences Corporation will launch an Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station.

This rocket will be launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Hagerstown, MD and southern Washington County residents will be able to view the launch after approximately two minutes into the mission by looking to the southeast. The Antares rocket will fire its engines for a total of ten minutes.

Stay tuned to the Wallops Flight Facility Facebook page for updates on the launch date and time.

NASA Wallops has also developed an app called "What's Up at Wallops" which provides launch updates, as well as a direction finder for seeing where a launch will be visible from in your area. The app is available in iTunes App Store and Google Play.

The launch will also be view-able on the Wallops NASA TV USTREAM channel.

Ken Buckler is the editor of the WashCo Chronicle