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Keep your eyes on the sky; NASA rocket launch may be visible from Augusta

Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 3:29 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Keep your eyes on the sky tonight, as NASA’s Black Brant XII rocket will launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It may be visible to much of the Eastern United States.

A map from the space agency shows the CSRA could see the rocket 60-90 seconds after its launch. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than 8:02 p.m., but there is a 40-minute launch window.

This map shows when the rocket may be visible after launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility....
This map shows when the rocket may be visible after launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Two vapor clouds will form north of Bermuda about 9 minutes and 30 seconds after launch as part of the mission and may also be visible from eastern United States and Bermuda.(Source: NASA/Christian Billie)

NASA says the mission is designed to study how energy and momentum are transported between different regions of space that are magnetically connected.

The backup launch dates run through May 16.

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