Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Antares Rocket Launch Scrubbed Until Sunday Morning

Antares Rocket Launch Scrubbed Until Sunday Morning Antares Rocket Launch Scrubbed Until Sunday Morning
Theresa Hayes | 11 November, 2017, 21:06

A rogue aircraft strayed into the hazard area in the final minute of countdown early Saturday and blew the chance to launch an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo craft to the International Space Station from Wallops Island.

Saturday morning's launch was scrubbed after an aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the launch pad. The launch is expected to be visible across much of the East Coast. Many of those launches have been out of the state-owned MARS.

In October 2014, similar Antares rocket launch to ISS exploded in its lift-off stage.

It will be cold with some clouds on Sunday morning, so onlookers will want to bundle up when they step outside to glimpse the rocket.

The S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus will launch aboard an Antares launch vehicle for the sixth time from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to deliver vital supplies and scientific equipment to the station as part of the space company's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Live launch coverage will begin at 7 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Under the right conditions, the Antares rocket can be seen along the East coast from CT to North Carolina and as far inland as West Virginia.

To see the rocket from the Lehigh Valley, you'll need a clear view of the horizon to the south. Cernan passed away on January 16, 2017, and was the last man to step foot on the moon.