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Rocket Launch From Wallops Visible In D.C. Tonight

The suborbital rocket should be visible in Washington D.C. within two minutes of launch at 11 p.m.
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The suborbital rocket should be visible in Washington D.C. within two minutes of launch at 11 p.m.

NASA is set to launch a rocket late tonight from its Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket is scheduled to launch at 11 p.m. and may be visible to residents of the mid-Atlantic region. It will be carrying a Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) that NASA says will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

The launch will be on a larger and more powerful rocket that previous flights. That should allow it to reach a higher altitude so it can provide for longer observation time for the instruments.

If all goes as planned, the experiment will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles off the Virginia coast and will not be recovered.

If the launch is scrubbed tonight, backup launch days are June 5 through 10.

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