LADEE launch viewing: Where and how to watch

Posted at 10:44 AM, Aug 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-22 10:44:22-04

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment  Explorer (LADEE) is expected to be launched from NASA’s Wallops Island facility into a lunar transfer orbit on September 6th.

The Minotaur V rocket will boost the LADEE spacecraft into orbit in order to conduct a 100 day mission to measure lunar dust and examine the lunar atmosphere.

Click here for more information from Orbital on the Minotaur V rocket.

The targeted launch window on September 6  is from 11:27 – 11:31 PM EDT.

Several maps have been released to show where you can see the rocket after it launches.

This map below shows the maximum elevation (degrees above the horizon) that the Minotaur V rocket will reach depending on your location along the east coast. The further away you are from the launch site, the closer to the horizon the rocket will be.

Photo: Orbital

Photo: Orbital

This map below shows the rough time at which you can first expect to see the Minotaur V rocket after it is launched.

Photo: Orbital

Photo: Orbital

The views in the gallery below give an indication of the direction where you should look to see the launch, along with nearby features.

Weather can affect viewing!

NewsChannel 3 will also stream the launch live on