Southwest Virginia could see Wallop’s Minotaur rocket launch Tuesday morning

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(WFXR) — If you wake up early enough on Tuesday, you may be able to see the latest launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The 69-foot tall Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur I rocket is set to launch on June 15 at 7:00 a.m.

The rocket will carry three national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO): an agency responsible for developing, acquiring, launching, and operating America’s intelligence satellites, according to NASA.

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise will provide launch services for this mission.

The launch will be visible — weather permitting — after takeoff in the mid-Atlantic region. In Southwest and Central Virginia, viewers should be prepared to see the rocket 30 to 90 seconds after liftoff, according to a map by NASA.

The forecast is calling for mostly clear skies in Southwest and Central Virginia. Morning temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s. There is a slight chance for showers and storms in the Wallops Island area.

Live coverage of the mission countdown is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. on the NASA Wallops YouTube site. NASA will also provide updates through the Wallops Facebook and Twitter pages.

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