NASA rocket launch to be visible from Ocean City on Thursday

A NASA rocket launch scheduled at Wallops Flight Facility on Thursday morning will provide a show as far away as the Maryland and Delaware beaches.

The space agency is launching a research rocket with 17 experiments on board. The experiments were designed by university researchers and students across the country, NASA said in a news release.

The launch is scheduled for some time between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, with backup launches Friday and Saturday.

The NASA visitors center on Wallops Island, Va., will open at 5 a.m. on the launch day for spectators. It will also be visible across a radius that includes Ocean City and Salisbury and extends nearly to Rehoboth Beach, Del., and St. Mary's City in southern Maryland. The further away a spectator is, the higher the rocket will have to travel for it to become visible, as this launch visibility map shows.

The launch will also be streamed online.

The rocket is what is called a suborbital sounding rocket, which are designed to take measurements and conduct experiments as they are launched.

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