The Antares rocket launching from Pad-0A with a bright white plume underneath against a mostly clear blue sky. A large water tower is stands to the left.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, launching from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in 2013. Source:

Ever wondered what a rocket launch is like? The Science Museum of Virginia’s astronomer, Justin Bartel, recently attended one at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County, VA and came by to tell us all about it. Tune in to learn about some of the unusual infrastructure around Wallops, the cargo on this particular launch, and what goes on at Wallops other than rocket launches. Plus: other astronomy activities happening in Virginia and what’s new at the Dome.

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