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NASA Rocket Launch Set for Sunday

Find out when to watch the rocket launch from Maryland.

Antares at its launch pad on July 10, 2014. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Antares at its launch pad on July 10, 2014. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

By Greg Hambrick 

Maryland residents may be able to spot the launch Sunday of the Cygnus cargo spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Orbital Sciences Corp. has scheduled the launch for 12:52 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad. The spacecraft is headed for the International Space Station, where it will deliver cargo.

On its blog, NASA notes that the Cygnus is loaded with about 3,300 pounds of goods for the station, including food, spare parts, hardware, science experiments and other items.

On the receiving end, Baltimore County astronaut Reid Wiseman will be at the International Space Station, where he's been documenting his travels as a flight engineer, including sending the first Vine from space.

The mission to send supplies to the space station has faced delays, with severe weather repeatedly interrupting preparations, according to NASA.

If all goes accordingly, NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at noon on Sunday.

Much of the East Coast should be able to see the Antares rocket as it carries Cygnus into orbit on Sunday, according to NASA.

Marylanders may catch a glimpse of the rocket just after liftoff. See a launch viewing map for more specifics.

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