#GOANTARES – NASA Rocket Launch visible in Long Beach – Monday October 27 -6:45PM

The Long Beach Astronomical & Sky Society thought this may be of interest to your readers.

Please note this launch takes place over 200 miles away and chances are good that you will see the rocket in flight.  And while it may not seem all that incredible to adult viewers, perhaps, just perhaps one child will look at it, understand what is happening and say “cool” and maybe lead to that child showing a deeper interest in science and technology.  At worst the kids get out of the house for a little while.

nasa-logoThis coming Monday Oct. 27, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. EDT NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp will be launching on an Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility. The mission “Orbital CRS-3” will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station.  The mission will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.  This spaceport is approximately 206 miles SSW of Long Beach.  As you can see in the attached launch Visibility map ( http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/20141015_orb-3_visibility_w-traj_w-title_2.jpg) this launch will be visible to residents in the mid-atlantic states including Long Beach, weather permitting.

A previous Antares launch was in fact visible and viewed right here in Long Beach.  Nasa TV’s Coverage of the Launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares Rocket and the Cygnus Cargo Ship to the ISS will be available online on Monday Evening so bring along a smart phone or tablet so you can listen and watch.  It will be broadcast on all the Nasa Channels and you can select one and see the schedule here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html#  At 5:15PM on Monday they will show video of the processing of the Orbital Sciences/Cygnus CRS-3, followed by launch coverage beginning at 5:45PM.  For past launches they have posted Google Earth files which allow you to view the projected flight path from your location.  They have not posted those yet, if they do post them we will forward them on to you.

To view this launch simply head to our beaches/boardwalk and face towards the ocean.  Think like a clock and directly in front of you will be 12:00, look to your right (west) to around 1:00 and approximately 150 seconds after launch you should see the rocket streaking across our skies headed east.

NASA has created a “What’s Up at Wallops” App and it is available on Google play and shows a compass that will show you where the launch will take place relative to your location as well as a google earth file to see the projected flight path.

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