Residents of MA and much of the East Coast might have a chance to see a rocket launch tonight from their backyards.
Orbital ATK is poised to launch an Antares rocket Monday for the first time since a massive explosion after liftoff two years ago en route to the International Space Station.
A liftoff for Sunday was scratched due to a ground support cable that "did not perform as expected during the pre-launch checkout", the company said in a statement.
Thanks to fair weather, the launch will be visible from Virginia and a lot of the Mid-Atlantic.
Orbital ATK's Antares rocket launch, the first in almost two years, is now set for a Monday night liftoff to the International Space Station.
For the latest launch info, you can go to this NASA website. "The Antares and Cygnus teams are not now working any technical issues with the rocket or the spacecraft".
Under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, Orbital ATK will deliver approximately 28,700 kilograms of cargo to the Space Station.
With a new and improved engine, the Antares rocket is back in business this week.
The colored bands on the above map represent the timing of when the rocket should be high enough to be seen for locations around the launch facility.
The NASA facility is about 80 miles south of Cape May, which gives most of South Jersey a good seat to view the launch. Include where you're watching from, the time you spotted it, and how high in the sky you saw it climb. There will be some clouds during our viewing window of 7:40-7:45PM, but there should be enough breaks to catch the Antares rocket and the Cygnus spacecraft on its way to Space.