Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Wednesday, November 13, 2013 03:05 pm
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Southern New Jersey residents can join millions across the Middle Atlantic States on Tuesday evening in watching a Minotaur I launch vehicle rocket off into space from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The 62-foot-tall Minotaur is scheduled to launch during a 7:30-9:30 p.m. window, according a release posted by NASA.
The Minotaur I will carry an Operationally Responsive Space-3 United States Department of Defense payload into space, NASA said.
The Minotaur I mission flight plan calls for the rocket to travel along a east-southeast compass heading from the Wallops Island Launch facility which is located about 100 miles southwest of Atlantic City.
According to NASA, the Minotaur I will be visible about 60 seconds after launch in Atlantic City.
However, viewers along the beach in Cape May will be able to see the rocket about 30 seconds after launch.
During the September rocket launch from Wallops Island, viewers standing along SunshineBeach near the concrete ship had a great view. They were able to see the bright orange ball of flame on the horizon as the rocket’s engines ignited. Then an orange cone of flame appeared and rose from the ignition blast as the rocket roared into space.