The launch of unmanned cargo ship will offer the skywatchers living along the US East Coast with a chance of enjoying a unique light show in Monday’s evening sky from the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Sarah Daugherty, a test director at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, said, “Due to the weather forecast and the fact that the launch is going to be one of our first nighttime launches of the Antares rocket here, you’ll be able to see the rocket pretty much up and down the entire Eastern seaboard from about Connecticut to South Carolina.”
The 14-story Antares rocket will blast off at 6:45 pm EDT (2245 GMT) from the launch pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, a launching complex at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility which is owned by the state of Virginia.
The unmanned cargo ship will be carrying 1,500 pounds of space experiments and related materials for the astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). The cargo ship will be carrying a total weight of 5,000 pounds of the supplies. The cargo ship is likely to reach the space station ISS by November 2, scientists said.
This would be the third private mission to the ISS. This week the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has also completed its cargo missions to the space station successfully.
According to the US space agency NASA, the rocket launch will majorly depend on the weather conditions, which is almost favorable at the time of launch.
Scientists said that the favourable weather conditions will allow the rocket’s visibility from Massachusetts to South Carolina.
The US space agency has signed an agreement worth USD 1.9 million with the private space exploration firms to carry out cargo missions to the ISS.
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