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Assuming the launch goes as scheduled...
Residents from New York to North Carolina may see a rare light show high in Earth’s atmosphere early Sunday morning.

Blue-green and red artificial clouds created by a NASA sounding rocket will appear in the dawn sky as a as part of an experiment to study the ionosphere and aurora, a NASA release said.

The rocket is scheduled for launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s eastern shore some time between 4:27 and 4:42 a.m. on Sunday.

The rocket launch has been delayed several times, first because of bad weather and then because boats were in an area where the rocket was slated to land in the Atlantic Ocean, the release said.

Clouds will be created by 10 soda can-sized canisters ejected when the rocket is between 96 and 124 miles high, the release said. The vapor tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

The clouds will not pose any hazards to people on the ground, the release said.

Ground cameras will be stationed at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina to view the clouds, the release said. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 3:30 a.m. on launch day for viewing the flight and live coverage of the mission, scheduled to begin at 3:45 a.m., is available on the Wallops Ustream site.

Users can also follow along on Wallops’ Facebook and Twitter sites and smartphone users can download the “What’s Up at Wallops” app, which contains information on the launch as well as a compass showing the precise direction for launch viewing.

Viewing area includes area from NY to N. Carolina.
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Back in the 90s, I was able to see the shuttle launch several times while we were fishing about 60 miles east of Cape Canaveral. We always knew those were launching so we were looking for them. Once saw a summertime launch from Houston while fishing off Matagorda Texas. I wasnt expecting that one. Just looked up and there it was streaking across the night sky. I thought it was a distress flare at first. Was probably 250 miles away. A night launch is a real sight to watch from sea. The lack of light interference sure makes it stand out.
 
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TexasBred":2gailu84 said:
Never knew NASA to ever launch anything from Houston. Might check on that one.
They sent something up. May not have been the shuttle. It was probably around 2004. I'll have to google it.
 

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zirlottkim":3ehu7327 said:
TexasBred":3ehu7327 said:
Never knew NASA to ever launch anything from Houston. Might check on that one.
They sent something up. May not have been the shuttle. It was probably around 2004. I'll have to google it.

:oops: :oops: :oops:

My mistake, sorry. I thought TexasBred was referring to the original post by Greybeard.
 
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zirlottkim":370nvtsv said:
TexasBred":370nvtsv said:
Never knew NASA to ever launch anything from Houston. Might check on that one.
They sent something up. May not have been the shuttle. It was probably around 2004. I'll have to google it.
I stand corrected. No shuttle launches from Houston. Must have been a UFO.......or severe sleep deprivation. Several of my partner boats in the area saw it too.
 
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I figured someone from that region would have posted.
The Sunday morning launch was scrubbed.
No problem.
They scrubbed the launch anyway.
Next attempt will be June 11 at the earliest.
"UPDATE: NASA has postponed until at least June 11 the launch of a rocket that was expected to bring a multi-colored light show visible to people along the East Coast.

The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was delayed because of clouds, NASA said. It was set to launch from Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia.
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zirlottkim,
Maybe you were seeing a shuttle as it re-entered the atmosphere. I don't know what path they always took going East to land in Fla, or when the shuttles quit flying..
 

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zirlottkim":jul6snmp said:
zirlottkim":jul6snmp said:
TexasBred":jul6snmp said:
Never knew NASA to ever launch anything from Houston. Might check on that one.
They sent something up. May not have been the shuttle. It was probably around 2004. I'll have to google it.
I stand corrected. No shuttle launches from Houston. Must have been a UFO.......or severe sleep deprivation. Several of my partner boats in the area saw it too.
Probably just a night for some good sippin' whiskey. ;-)
 

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