How to view the NASA KiNET-X Rocket launch on Tuesday night

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WPTZ 11 May, 2021 - 12:01pm 16 views

What time is the rocket launch from Wallops Island?

3NASA's KiNet-X rocket is scheduled to launch at 8:03 p.m. or later from Wallops Island, Virginia Sunday night. The suborbital sounding rocket's mission? To help NASA scientists explore energy transport in space. The launch will be streamed on the Wallops IBM video site. WSLS 10How you can see the Wallops Island rocket launch from Southwest, Central Virginia that’s now Wednesday night

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There are many prime viewing locations outside of the complex, such as along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Playalinda Beach at the Canaveral National Seashore, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, and any of the beaches south of ... visitspacecoast.comBest Venues to Watch a Rocket Launch

ATLANTA — NASA has postponed the launch of its Black Brant XII sounding rocket for a second time to no earlier than Monday.

It was initially scheduled to launch Saturday but the launch was scrubbed due to high upper-level winds. On Sunday, a second launch attempt was also scrubbed.

The launch is now set for 8:04 p.m. Monday from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

If the launch is a success on Monday, the rocket may be visible in Georgia.

A livestream of the event is available to watch HERE.

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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You might be able to see a NASA research rocket launch tonight

Digital Trends 11 May, 2021 - 08:00pm

A Black Brant XII sounding rocket will be launching just after 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night and will release two clouds of barium vapor to track the magnetic field lines around our planet as part of the KiNet-X mission, or KiNETic-scale energy and momentum transport eXperiment. KiNet-X will look at how energy is passed between regions of space, such as in auroras which are created when particles from space interact with magnetic fields of our atmosphere.

The launch of the Black Brant XII could be visible across parts of the U.S. and Bermuda, depending on visibility due to weather. NASA has produced an image showing when the rocket might be visible following its launch at 8:03 p.m. ET on Sunday night. It might even be possible to see vapor being released from the rocket, which will happen between 9 and a half minutes and 10 minutes after the launch time.

“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 writes, and it also reassures the public that, “The barium vapor is not harmful to the environment or public health.”

If you live elsewhere in the world, or if the weather is cloudy tonight, you’ll still be able to follow along with the mission by watching it online.

NASA will be streaming the launch on the Wallops website, which will show coverage of the launch beginning at 7:40 p.m. ET tonight, Sunday, May 9.

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UPDATED: Rocket Launch Moved To Monday

LevittownNow.com 11 May, 2021 - 08:00pm

LAUNCH SCRUBBED ❗ Tonight's Black Brant XII sounding rocket carrying the KiNET-X payload has been postponed to no earlier than Monday, May 10, at 8:04 p.m. The launch has been postponed due to upper level winds not being within the required limits for a safe launch.

The rocket launch set for Saturday evening was pushed to Sunday due to “upper level winds not being within the required limits for a safe launch.”

The multi-stage rocket will blast off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and will be visible to residents in Bucks County if the sky is clear.

NASA officials said the rocket launch is scheduled for no earlier than 8:03 p.m. Sunday with a 40-minute window.

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. The barium vapor is not harmful to the environment or public health

The mission, called the KiNETic-scale energy and momentum transport eXperiment, or KiNet-X, is designed to study a very fundamental problem in space plasmas, namely, how are energy and momentum transported between different regions of space that are magnetically connected?  

The vapor will be released approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds to around 10 minutes after launch at about 217-249 miles altitude over the Atlantic Ocean and 540-560 miles downrange from Wallops and just north of Bermuda.

Immediately after release of the vapor, the spherical clouds are a mixture of green and violet, but that phase only lasts about 30 seconds when the un-ionized component of the cloud has diffused away. After exposure to sunlight the vapor clouds quickly ionize and take on a violet color. 

The ionized portion of the cloud becomes tied to the magnetic field lines and diffuses parallel to the field lines but not perpendicular to it.  In the mid-Atlantic region latitudes, the field lines are inclined by about 45 degrees to the horizontal, so the violet clouds stretch out in a slanted orientation and look more like short trails than a cloud.  Because the motion of the neutral portion of the clouds is not constrained by the magnetic field lines, they spread out more quickly and become too thin to see with the naked eye much sooner than the ionized component.

In general, the human eye does not see violet colors very well in darkness. The KiNET-X clouds will therefore be more difficult for the casual observer to see than some of the previous vapor missions launched from Wallops.

The launch will be visible by looking toward the coast about 10 to 30 seconds after blast off.

NASA will stream live coverage of the mission online and post statues on social media.

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