Antares Launch for Monday 27th – Scrubbed

20141027-AntaresAntares Launches From Wallops Island

October 27st 6:45 pm eastern!
Launch Cancelled.

Wallops Island Launch facility uses part of the Atlantic Ocean as it’s launch area. Rockets generally launch from the pad begin an arch flight pattern over the water for maximum safety. 

This launch area is called The Box.Technically it’s called The Army Corp of Engineers Danger Zone. But there actually two Boxes. The first box begins at the shore line. The second Danger Zone is much larger and further off shore. Check the NASA Mariner Notices “Flight Safety Plan” issued by NASA for this Antares launch for more information.

If an unknown boat of any kind finds itself in The Box, countdown is stopped. NASA has a procedure to clear area with their own Mariner support. Every attempt is made to clear The Box, but there is a time limit for doing that. Tonight the window was 10 minutes. The Box continued to be Red and Launch staff called the Scrub for tonight launch. The next window for launch will be tomorrow Tuesday October 28th at 18:15 to 19:45

Orbital Sciences’ launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle is set for launch Monday evening, if the weather and mechanical issues will cooperate. It’s a beautiful early night here in Virginia and we’ll be heading outside in about 10 minutes to watch the lift-off from Wallops Island!

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. For a visibility map of launch, see Viewing Area map.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.—NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT, October 27.

Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds.

For more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, see:

For more information on viewing sites recommended by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, see:

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at noon on the Wallops Ustream site at:

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Space In 3-D!

A Simple Gift That Opened The Universe

So back on June 6th NBC shared an interesting Tweet.

@NBCNewsJun 6
Dream Chaser taking shape as space taxi rival to SpaceX, Boeing @b0yle

Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser

And being the science geek I am, I had to take a look at the picture. Pretty kewl looking, don’t you think? I did and I replied to NBCs tweet. Continue reading

The Black Moon Of March


The Second New Moon In A Month Is Called A “Black Moon”

The Second New Moon Of The Month

With every full moon, there’s also a New Moon which can also occur twice in a single month and that is also a rare event for Grandmother Moon. But she doesn’t seem to receive the same spectacular acknowledgement as her brighter sister the Blue Moon.

This month, March 2014; we will see two New Moons. The first occurred on March 1st and the second barely squeaks in on the 30th.

What’s her story and can you observe this special time of the year? Learn more about the Black Moon, her history, her energy, purpose and how you can mark the night of her arrival:  The Black Moon.


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COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

COSMOS Returns

Tonight we got our first look at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was produced in 1978 and 1979 by Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET. The series was hosted by Carl Sagan. Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist.

The original series is notable for its groundbreaking use of special effects, which allow Sagan to seemingly walk through environments that are actually models rather than full-sized sets. ~ Wikipedia. Continue reading

We Are All InterConnected

How Wolves Changed The Rivers

Science goes hand in hand with Nature. This video is a great example of how we all make a difference. And especially how Wolves make a great difference. This was posted on my Mom’s blog.


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Springwolf Reflections

How Wolves Change Rivers

As humans we know that Apex predators, such as ourselves, can adversely affect the world in which we live in. Over hunting, over fishing and destruction of our natural resources have put humankind on a stopwatch that counts down to our own extinction. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Have a look at this amazing video on The National Geographic website, showing how one species can have a massive cascading effect on the entire ecosystem in which it lives… and even alter the geography of the area. All for the betterment of the area and those in it.

How Wolves Change RiversHow Wolves Change Rivers @ National Geographic

Human/wildlife conflict is a reality of growing populations around the world, and the fact is that we need to learn to live beside wildlife if we are to maintain our wonderful thriving ecosystems in the future.~ National Geographic

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20130906-04Our Humble View

NASA successfully launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. LADEE is on its way to arrive at the moon in 30 days, then enter lunar orbit. You can read more about at

This was the first time we’ve been able to witness a Wallops Island launch. For once the weather cooperated and the sky was clear. Our humble view from our back yard in Caroline Co. Va was spectacular. it might have been nothing more than a glowing orange dot, but to us it was one of the most awesome sights to see!

The line of dots to the right are lights from our neighbors back yard. They at least give some perspective of where the ridge is and what we were able to see some 150miles west of Wallops. We live in the country so it’s dark out here and that gave us a wonderful view.

Our view was great I thought, but since we’re due west we didn’t see much of the travel path of the rocket as it launched. There were some fabulous images by others who witnessed the launch. You can find a public sharing of images from NASA at Some of the images from DC, New York and even the UK are truly amazing.

Congratulations to everyone at NASA and all their partners for a great successful launch!


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The SpaceX Rocket


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stands next to the company's Falcon 9 rocket, which blasted SpaceX's Dragon capsule into orbit in December 2010. Image by SpaceX

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stands next to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, which blasted SpaceX’s Dragon capsule into orbit in December 2010. Image by SpaceX

Announcement Due Out Monday From SpaceX

The fevered speculation about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s mysterious “Hyperloop” transport system is about to come to an end. 

The visionary CEO behind electric-car firm Tesla and the private spaceflight company SpaceX has said he will unveil a Hyperloop design on Monday (Aug. 12).

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, stands next to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in the picture to the right.

Hyperloop is intended to be a passenger transport costing less than a plane ticket to ride. But don’t get too excited. Hyperloop, a solar powered vehicle is designed to take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. Which means the flight must reach speeds over 600mph.

Visit for more on the story:

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