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Rocket Launch From Wallops Island Tuesday Will Be Visible In D.C.

Tuesday's mission will mark the 25th launch of a Minotaur rocket since one first flew in 2000.
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Tuesday's mission will mark the 25th launch of a Minotaur rocket since one first flew in 2000.
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NASA will be launching an Air Force Minotaur I rocket Tuesday evening from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., for what promises to be a record-breaking trip.

The rocket will send 29 satellites into orbit at one time, the most ever in one launch.

Included in the bunch will be an educational nanosatellite constructed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County. If successful, it will be the first satellite built by high school students to orbit the earth.

The window for launch is between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with backup launch days through the end of November.

Depending on atmospheric conditions, the launch should be visible from Canada down to northern Florida, but the D.C. area should have some of the best views on the East Coast.

The rocket will appear above the horizon to the southeast of D.C. approximately 30 seconds after launch.

For live updates from Wallops Island on the exact timing of the launch, follow WAMU 88.5 News on Twitter.

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