First Moon Mission From Wallops Flight Facility, Ready for Launch

Sep 6, 2013

Moon Mission Rocket on Wallops Flight Facility Launch Pad
Credit Wallops Flight Facility website

It’s a go for liftoff tonight at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the first moon mission to be launched from Virginia.

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer will be carried aloft by a five-stage Minotaur V rocket.

At 11:27 p.m. there will be a four minute launch window with alternate dates running through September 10th.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility officials say there is a 95 percent chance for good weather.

14-hundred VIP guests are expected to be in Chincoteague to view the launch.

Wallops officials say that residents from the Carolinas to Maine should be able to view the rocket rise up into the night sky.

New Yorkers will be able to see the live launch on the huge screen that overlooks Times Square beginning at 10:30 p.m.