Rocket Launch From Wallops Flight Facility Rescheduled
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP)- NASA has rescheduled the Virginia launch of a rocket carrying instruments that will study how the first galaxy was formed.
The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket was scheduled to launch Tuesday night from the Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. But NASA said there was not sufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperature before launch.
The rocket is now scheduled to be launched Wednesday between 11 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. The launch window runs through June 10.
The Cosmic Infrared ExperRiment, or CIBER, will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.
NASA says the rocket may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 9:30 p.m. on launch day for public viewing of the launch.
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