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Space Station Resupply Rocket Launch Visible Tonight

Monday’s NASA launch of  Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket, with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station has been rescheduled to tonight, which means local skywatchers might still get a glimpse of it through partly cloudy skies.

A graphic showing where Tuesday night's ISS resupply launch will be visible.
A graphic showing where Tuesday night’s ISS resupply launch will be visible.

Monday’s launch attempt was canceled thanks to a boat down range in the trajectory the rocket would have flown had it lifted off, according to NASA.gov.

Tonight’s launch from from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in VA will put the Cygnus spacecraft at the space station early Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown reports the launch will be visible by everyone in Southern New England.

“Set out around 6:30 p.m. and grab a spot with a clear view of the Southern horizon. Between 6:45 and 6:50 you will spot the Antares rocket streaking across the southern sky starting in the SSW,” the observatory notes on it’s Facebook page.

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