Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

NASA Wallops/Chris Perry

Friday Launch

It was a historic weekend for NASA’s Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

Around 15-hundred visitors watched the first lunar launch last Friday from the Virginia facility.

Thousands more saw the rocket take flight from Maine to the Carolinas…with spectacular shot streaking across the sky above New York.

But the rocket immediately ran into some equipment problems.

By Saturday NASA officials said the rocket was still on track for the moon saying that the troubles would be worked out over the next two or three weeks.

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With thousands expected to flock to Wallops Island for the September moon mission launch local officials are scrambling to accommodate them.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is set to lift off aboard a Minotaur V rocket on September 6th.

That launch window extends through September 10th.

It’s the first deep space mission to be launched from Wallops.

The southern part of the Assateague Beach from the access road south will be closed to take into account any falling debris.