Most of Maryland will get a view of an International Space Station supply mission rocketing from the Delmarva peninsula Sunday, the first launch from a pad damaged in a 2014 explosion.
The launch is scheduled for 8:03 p.m. Sunday. It will be visible across the lower Eastern Shore within 30 seconds, from Annapolis after a minute and all along the Interstate 95 corridor within 90 seconds, according to NASA.
The mission has seen repeated delays as it prepares for a return to flight from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, just south of the Maryland line on the Eastern Shore.
After launchpad testing was conducted in May, NASA contractor Orbital ATK targeted a July launch and then a late August launch. Earlier this week, a Friday launch was announced, but it was then pushed back to Sunday because of Hurricane Nicole, churning past Bermuda.
A rocket hasn't lifted off from the spaceport's main launchpad since Oct. 28, 2014, when an explosion mid-launch caused $15 million in damage to the launch pad, plus the loss of the $200 million Antares rocket and its cargo.
The accident left behind a crater 50 feet long by 30 feet deep, cracked a reinforced concrete wall beneath the launch pad iand blew away stairs around it. Repairs were completed by the end of last year.
The mission is carrying more than 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and other supplies to the crew on board the International Space Station. It is also carrying science experiments that require space flight.
The launch will be visible from as far away as New York, Pittsburgh and Boston.