Minataur rocket launches tonight from Wallops Island

rocket launch



The launch of a Minotaur I rocket for the U.S. Air Force ORS-3 mission is scheduled to occur on Tuesday night, with a planned launch window of 7:30 – 9:15 pm EST.

NASA and the U.S. military will launch a record payload of 29 satellites from  a Virginia spaceport Tuesday night on a mission that could create a  spectacular sight for skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast, weather  permitting.

The U.S. Air Force launch will send an Orbital  Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket into orbit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility  and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va., sometime during a  two-hour launch window that opens Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The nighttime launch could light up the sky for millions of observers along a  wide swath of the Eastern Seaboard, and could be visible from northeastern  Canada and Maine to Florida, and from as far inland as Michigan, Indiana and  Kentucky, depending on local weather conditions, according to NASA and Orbital  Sciences visibility maps.

I could see the last one right from my front yard.  It was sort of to the left of the constellation Orion.  I don’t live in a light free area.  What I could see was the reddish glow that was definitely as large to my eye at Venus.  I plan on getting out there tonight when they narrow the time down some.  It was VERY neat to watch.  It only lasted about 30 seconds before it sped on off over the horizon.




Creigh Deeds critically wounded, son dead


Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed  inside his Bath County home, authorities say.

Virginia State Police officials say that the former  gubernatorial candidate was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center  in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries.

Deeds’  son is dead from a gunshot wound, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.  Virginia State Police only confirmed that a second person at the home had  died.

Details are sketchy.  The incident happened shortly after 7 am.

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Young Conservatives of Texas: “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day”


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A conservative student group announced Monday they will play a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” this week on the University of Texas at Austin, drawing condemnation from Democrats and a threat of expulsion from campus officials.

The Young Conservatives of Texas have planned the game for Wednesday. Club members will wander the campus wearing signs that say “illegal immigrant,” and students who capture them and take them to the Young Conservatives’ recruiting table will get $25 gift certificates.

“The purpose of this event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives,” a statement posted by the group’s spokesman, Lorenzo Garcia. The group did not immediately reply to several emails sent by The Associated Press.

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