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NASA prepares to illuminate the sky on the east coast with rocket launch of the space station



NASA launches an Antares rocket this week from the Wallops Flight Facility of the Virginia Space Agency. Weather Station Northrup Grumman and the Cygnus spacecraft will be visible in good weather Residents of the East Coast in the first minutes after the start of Friday from the Midlatian Regional Spaceport of Wallops. "The launch is expected to be visible in much of the East Coast when the sky is clear," the facility said in a Facebook post.

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The start window opens at 4:23 pm EST. NASA had originally planned to launch the rocket 24 hours earlier, but had to repress it due to adverse weather conditions.

"Today's Wallops forecast for November 15 rated weather conditions as unfavorable for the start with the main worries, heavy clouds, bad weather and low cloud cover for 90%," Northrop Grumman said in a blog post on Wednesday. "Heavy rain (1-2 inches) and strong gusts of wind (45-50 mph) are expected."

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The weather could still affect the start of Friday while it is expected to be Friday morning Still a strong northwesterly wind is expected during the take-off window and a shrunken launch would delay the Resupply mission to Saturday.

"The conditions for Saturday morning's high pressure takeoff in the southeastern US and East Coast seem pretty favorable too Northrop Grumman said in the blog post, "However, a caveat towards Saturday is that the system, which is expected to impact the Wallops region on Thursday, has a strong front on Friday which will pull Bermuda into early Saturday, which can cause heavy rains and strong winds there before the start window. "[19659004] The Space Station mission is the first since the botched launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket on October 11 from Kazakhstan. A Russian space investigation accused a damaged sensor that had forced the rocket to crash two minutes after launching the rocket.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers


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