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Author Topic: Skywatchers: Rocket Launch From the East Coast (hopefully tonight)  (Read 465 times)
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« on: November 19, 2013, 03:51 PM »

NASA Wallops Island is launching a Minotaur 1 rocket tonight that should be visible to a large chunk of the east coast.

They are currently holding for a tracking station issue, but they have a launch window until about 9:15pm

This map will show the visibility area:
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/ORS3_Visibility_111213_v2.jpg

Live Webcast:
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/ors3/status.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2013, 05:21 PM »

Just saw it go by... so freakin' cool when you can watch a launch from your front door !
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2013, 05:34 PM »

Imagine seeing it from a mile away!
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2013, 05:41 PM »

I saw a Space Shuttle launch from about a mile away. It was actually the first one, my father got special passes because of work that he did for the Military at the time. Yes, that left a lasting impression ! We got to see a Space Shuttle launch from here in New York more recently, couldn't hear it, but we were able to see the solid rocket boosters separate.
Damn, I just love things that fly !   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 04:01 PM »

Saw it from North Carolina, a faint orange line from the lower left of the image up to the moon (might have to click the photo to see it larger):


Minotaur 1 / ORS-3 by alloyjared, on Flickr

Rob, I wish I could have seen the shuttle from that close up!  We were six miles away on the causeway for the final launch, back in 2011, which was an awe-inspiring experience as well.
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