As I learned with the last rocket launch, technical glitches can happen. If, for some reason, I fail to record the rocket launch you can watch it right here at this site. That launch is scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:59 a.m. Hey, if NASA can have glitches so can I! ha
NASA TV will begin airing coverage of this launch on Friday. That schedule is with that link I just gave you.
The map below shows how far out the rocket will be visible. Each ring represents time in seconds. For instance, if you are on the yellow ring you should be able to see the rocket in the sky 150 seconds after launch. Pretty cool, right?
“The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Alan Bean, is named after the late Apollo and Skylab astronaut who died on May 26, 2018, at the age of 86. This Cygnus will launch 50 years to the month after Bean, Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon flew to the Moon on NASA’s Apollo 12 mission, during which Bean became the fourth human to walk on the lunar surface. Bean was the lunar module pilot aboard Intrepid with mission commander Conrad when they landed on Moon at the Ocean of Storms on Nov. 19, 1969.
With a Nov. 2 launch, the Cygnus spacecraft will arrive at the space station Monday, Nov. 4 at about 5:45 a.m., Expedition 61 NASA astronaut Jessica Meir will grapple the spacecraft using the station’s robotic arm. She will be backed up by NASA astronaut Christina Koch. After Cygnus capture, ground controllers will command the station’s arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the station’s Unity module.”
Pretty cool stuff, right?
As usual, I will have a big write-up for the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise when I get back. That story will then be shared with you all as a Sunday Story, after it publishes in the papers.
I’ve also just learned that the risk for severe weather has really increased across Virginia for tomorrow. I’ll be trying to stay ahead of the storms as I drive toward the coast! Or maybe just do some chasing? …… lol Only a weather guy would get excited about severe weather being forecast for his road trip.
Pictured below is the beautiful rocket on its launch pad. That was taken this morning. The rocket is vertical now, but it will be lowered back down before launch. That is so they can load fruits, veggies, or science experiments that need to stay fresh before launch.
Aint’s she a beaut?