By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
4:57 PM EST, January 29, 2013
NASA is launching a rocket from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday to test technology for future missions, and it could be visible in the early evening sky.
Scientists will fire a payload 80 miles above the Earth and, at two different points, release two different types of vapor trails. Such vapors are used in other missions to study atmospheric patterns.
The mission will be shown live on Ustream beginning at 4:30 p.m. at http://www.ustream.com/channel/nasa-wallops, and the flight center’s visitors center will also be open.
But it may also be possible to see it with your own eyes. According to Space.com, the rocket will appear about 26 degrees above the horizon in the southeastern sky from Baltimore. The two red trails of lithium vapor may also be visible in the mid-Atlantic.