UPDATE: NASA rocket launch postponed until Sunday; could be visible over Georgia – WSB Atlanta

ATLANTA — NASA has postponed the launch of its Black Brant XII sounding rocket scheduled for Saturday night from Virginia to Sunday. The rocket may be visible in Georgia.

A livestream of the event is available to watch HERE. The launch was set for 8:02 p.m. Saturday from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It was postponed for 24 hours due to upper-level winds, NASA said.

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The rocket could be visible for 60 to 90 seconds over north Georgia.


The rocket could be visible from Maine to Central Florida and as far away as Illinois.

“A four-stage Black Brant XII rocket will be used for the mission that includes the release of barium vapor that will form two green-violet clouds that may be visible for about 30 seconds,” NASA said. The barium vapor is not harmful to the environment or public health.”

The vapor will be released approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds to around 10 minutes after launch over the Atlantic Ocean.

The mission is studying how energy and momentum are transported between different regions of space that are magnetically connected.

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