NASA launch could be visible Tuesday night

January 29, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

NASA is launching a rocket from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday to test technology for future missions, and it could be visible in the early evening sky.

Scientists will fire a payload 80 miles above the Earth and, at two different points, release two different types of vapor trails. Such vapors are used in other missions to study atmospheric patterns.

The mission will be shown live on Ustream beginning at 4:30 p.m. at, and the flight center’s visitors center will also be open.

But it may also be possible to see it with your own eyes. According to, the rocket will appear about 26 degrees above the horizon in the southeastern sky from Baltimore. The two red trails of lithium vapor may also be visible in the mid-Atlantic.

NASA is targeting a launch time of 5:50 p.m., but that could change. Watch for updates from the Wallops center's Twitter and Facebook pages.

NASA is promoting use of the hashtag  to follow along with the launch on Twitter.

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