High Country Viewing Of Minotaur Rocket Launch

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The High Country, along with a majority of the East Coast, will be able to view the Minotaur rocket launch tonight (Tuesday Nov 19) as it will set a record when it puts 29 satellites into orbit.

According to Space.com “NASA and the U.S. military will launch a record payload of 29 satellites from a Virginia spaceport Tuesday night (Nov. 19) on a mission that could create a spectacular sight for skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting”.

The U.S. Air Force launch will send an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket into orbit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va., sometime during a two-hour launch window that opens Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 Nov. 20 GMT), the website adds.

You can also watch it live



Live streaming video by Ustream

Credit: Space.com

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Photos from Google Earth that might help viewers in the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

Credit: Brad Panovich
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Credit: Greg Frank
The Blue Ridge Parkway at Thunder Hill Overlook
rocket 2_BRP at Thunder Hill Overlook.

Credit: Greg Frank
Front steps of Moses Cone Manor.
rocket 3_front steps of Moses Cone Manor.

Credit: Greg Frank
Parking lot across from Valle Crucis Methodist Church

rocket 4_parking lot in front of VC church

Credit: Greg Frank
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