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Va. Residents Have Opportunity to View NASA Launch

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By Mitra Zolfaghari

ATLANTIC, Va.- Residents and visitors in the area will have an opportunity to watch one of NASA's current robotic missions take off into space and to the moon.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, is scheduled to lift-off at 11:27 p.m. EDT on Sept. 6 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Accomack County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Chincoteague, area residents and visitors can view the launch from Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague or Beach road spanning between Chincoteague and Assateague islands.

The sites feature the LADEE launch countdown live. NASA personnel will be available to discuss the LADEE mission. A live broadcast of the launch will be shown on a big-screen projector in Robert Reed Park beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Jeremy Eggers, public information officer for Wallops, said that the flight facility is excited about the partnership with the community to inform others about the launch.

"The live countdown and launch broadcast will place people in mission control on launch night for what is already a historic mission for Wallops and the Eastern Shore," Eggers said.

The LADEE mission has many firsts. It is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. It also will include the first flight of the Minotaur V rocket, testing of a high-data-rate laser communication system and the first lunar launch from Wallops.

Due to the LADEE launch, the beach on Assateague Island, Va., will close at 7 p.m. on the day of the launch and will not be open for launch viewing. It is expected that NASA's Visitors Center will reach capacity early and close.

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