A NASA Rocket Launch Will be Visible on the East Coast this Wednesday - Here's How to See It

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 11:44AM
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 11:44AM
A NASA Rocket Launch Will be Visible on the East Coast this Wednesday - Here's How to See It
On Wednesday 7th October, NASA will launch a suborbital rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The launch will see NASA test new technologies that could lower the cost of future space travel, and if you're located on the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the US, there's a good chance you could see it with your own eyes.

At present, the launch is scheduled to take place at some point between 7pm and 9pm on the 7th October, with October 12th pencilled in as a back-up date. As the map below shows, the launch will be visible from any where between New York City and Long Island in the North, to Hatteras and Morehead City in the South. 


Among other things, NASA will be testing a system for ejecting vapor clouds in space. As the payload of the rocket starts to descend, plumes of barium and strontium will be ejected into the atmosphere, resulting in a blue-green and red cloud that may be visible to some observers. But before you start crying conspiracy and claiming that NASA are trying to poison us, the agency has stepped in with some reassurance.

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The amount of barium and strontium used in the test is much smaller than that used in a typical July 4 fireworks display and poses no hazard to the community.
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If you don't live on the East Coast, there's still a chance for you to witness all the fun. NASA will be running a live stream of the event, which you can check out below:
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