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Rocket launch is expected to be seen from NC

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Dec 10 2012 05:46:18 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 10 2012 05:46:41 PM CST
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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA -

NASA announces the launch of a rocket that people living in Eastern North Carolina are expected to be able to see.

A Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket is scheduled between 9 and 9:30 p.m. EST on December 14 for the Department of Defense from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  The rocket may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

Launch updates and a map showing the area in which the rocket launch may be visible are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/wallops

The launch will not be shown live on the Internet nor will launch status updates be provided on social media once the countdown begins. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for viewing the launch.

Of course, weather conditions will play a role in whether the rocket will be viewable.  Newschannel 12 Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters says the forecast shows clouds could begin building Friday night.