Where to watch: NASA rockets return to Wallops

NASA map shows what time residents can see the rocket from their location. (photo courtesy NASA)

NASA map shows what time residents can see the rocket from their location. (photo courtesy NASA)

The first launch since an 2014 explosion at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will be visible from Delaware, New Jersey and much of Pennsylvania.

Sunday night is the earliest the space station resupply mission could launch from the Virginia site. The rocket is currently scheduled to launch at 8:03 p.m. on Sunday, or within five minutes after that. The launch could be delayed because of Tropical Storm Nicole which is expected to impact NASA’s downrange tracking facility in Bermuda.

Much of the Wallops launch facility was damaged when an October 2014 Antares rocket exploded moments after liftoff. Sunday’s launch, if it goes as scheduled, would be the first rocket flight out of the facility in more than two years. The Cygnus rocked built by Orbital ATK will ferry more than 5,100 pounds of groceries, science experiments and other supplies to the crew of the International Space Station.

Weather-permitting, the rocket launch will be visible for much of the Mid Atlantic region, especially parts of southern Delaware and New Jersey.

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