Next NASA Cargo Launch From Wallops Island May Be Visible From Maryland


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - NASA has announced that its next cargo resupply mission, scheduled to take off on Tuesday, August 1, at 8:31 p.m., will potentially be visible from parts of Maryland, weather permitting.

The mission will launch from the space agency's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A on Wallops Island in Virginia.

The cargo spacecraft, Cygnus, owned by Northrop Grumman, is packed with over 8,200 pounds of research materials, crew necessities, and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The spacecraft is named after Dr. Laurel Clark, a NASA astronaut who served as an undersea medical officer and a naval flight officer. Chosen by NASA in 1996, Dr. Clark was a mission specialist on board the doomed Columbia STS-107 mission.

This resupply mission exemplifies NASA's commitment to fostering scientific research on the space station, enabling new investigations in the unique environment of space by delivering crucial resources and materials.

NASA will broadcast the launch live on its TV channel, official website, and the NASA app starting at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 1.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open its gates for the event at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Other favorable viewing sites include Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island and Beach Road between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

Those unable to physically attend the launch can sign up as virtual guests. This program provides up-to-date resources, schedule changes, and mission-specific details. After each event, participants will receive a unique digital stamp for their virtual guest passports.

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