Rescheduled NASA rocket launch still expected to be visible in Miami Valley Friday

A suborbital sounding rocket expected to launch May 10 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was scrubbed again Wednesday night. This time, it was postponed to allow time to inspect the rocket. The mission is expected to launch at 8:02 p.m. this Friday.

NASA will continue to try and launch the rocket through May 16 if the mission gets scrubbed again. Luckily, for the Miami Valley, we continue to have mainly clear skies and quiet conditions which would still allow us to see the rocket!

According to NASA, this mission is to explore energy transport in space!

Most of the eastern United States should be able to see the Black Brant XII rocket once it takes off.

The Miami Valley should be able to spot it 60-90 seconds after the rocket is launched!

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NASA states that the rocket will release barium vapor that will form two green-violet clouds that may be visible for 30 seconds. The vapor is not harmful to the environment or public.

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