NASA Successfully Launches Historic Pair of Missions to the Moon and Space Station from NASA Wallops in Virginia

by Dr. Ken Kremer

Launch of LADEE Lunar Orbiter on Maiden Flight of Mino-taur V from Wallops. Credit: Ken Kremer

Launch of LADEE Lunar Orbiter on Maiden Flight of Minotaur V from Wallops. Credit: Ken Kremer

In an unprecedented event in space history, NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully blasted a pair of historic and high stakes missions to the moon and the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Island center in Virginia on Sept. 6 & 19.

The flawless on-time liftoff’s of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Observatory atop a Minotaur V rocket and the privately developed, Cygnus resupply capsule atop the commercial Antares rocket took place from America’s newest spaceport located just a few hours drive south of Princeton.

Antares Lifts Off with Cygnus to Resupply the ISS from Wallops. Credit: Ken Kremer

Antares Lifts Off with Cygnus to Resupply the ISS from Wallops. Credit: Ken Kremer

The duo of spectacular launches were visible to millions of spectators along the US Mid-Atlantic region who never before had the opportunity to witness powerful rockets blast off within sight of their homes.

LADEE launched at 11:27 p.m. in the evening of Sept. 6. Cygnus launched at 10:58 a.m. on Sept. 19. LADEE is due to arrive in lunar orbit on Oct. 6 and Cygnus should dock at the ISS in late September. I reported on both launches for Universe Today from NASA Wallops.

At the Oct. 8 AAAP monthly meeting, I will present an eyewitness account of both missions in my talk entitled; “NASA’s Historic LADEE Lunar Orbiter and Antares/Space Station Rocket Launches from Virginia”. I’ll also give an update on Curiosity, MAVEN and NASA’s future human spaceflight programs.

See a preview of my talk and my Universe Today articles here:
Antares Picture Perfect Blastoff
NASA’s Antares Rollout

Astronomy Outreach by Dr. Ken Kremer
AAAP at Princeton U: Princeton, NJ: Oct. 8, 8 PM. “LADEE Lunar orbiter and Antares ISS Rocket Launches from Virginia.”
STAR Astronomy Club: Monmouth Museum at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Oct. 3, 8 PM, “Curiosity, MAVEN and the Search for Life on Mars (3-D).”

Dr. Ken Kremer: Universe Today & AAAP
Please contact Ken for more info, science outreach presentations and his space photos.
Email: kremerken@yahoo.com website: www.kenkremer.com
http://www.universetoday.com/author/ken-kremer/

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