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Try No. 2 For NASA Rocket From Wallops

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If all goes as planned, D.C. residents will be able to see the rocket to the southeast shortly after launch.
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If all goes as planned, D.C. residents will be able to see the rocket to the southeast shortly after launch.

NASA has rescheduled the launch of a rocket carrying instruments to study how the first galaxy was formed, after the launch was scrubbed on Tuesday night.

The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket was scheduled to launch last night from the Wallops Island Flight Facility, but NASA says there wound up not being sufficient time before the launch to cool the instruments to the required temperature.

The rocket is now scheduled to be launched tonight sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight and NASA says the rocket may be visible from points around the mid-Atlantic region.

The Cosmic Infrared ExperRiment, or CIBER, will be aboard the rocket. It's designed to study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

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