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Rocket Lab’s 1st US launch may be visible along East Coast

You might be able to catch a glimpse of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket this week even if you can’t attend the launch.

Rocket Lab’s first-ever mission from U.S. soil will light up the skies for much of the East Coast when it launches from NASA’s Wallops Island facility in Virginia Friday (Dec. 16). The California-based company has been lofting small satellites to orbit successfully from New Zealand since 2018 and is now set for its first mission from its new U.S. launch pad.

Ahead of the launch, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility released a visibility map that shows where and when residents of the East Coast can expect to see the Electron launch. The mission is slated for a two-hour window beginning at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Friday (Dec. 16). “For those along the East Coast, weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of Electron’s flight. From a distance, Electron will appear like a bright, fast-moving star in the sky,” NASA Wallops wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab).

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