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NASA Wallops launches rocket Sunday

Posted at 9:11 PM, May 08, 2021

A rocket launch from Wallops Island has been postponed - again.

NASA announced that it's postponed its rocket launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to Sunday around 8:03 p.m. Backup days run through May 16.

The reason behind the postponement this time was "due to cloudy skies in Bermuda and Wallops." It was scrubbed several other times "due to upper-level winds not being within the required limits for a safe launch."

It was originally scheduled to take off last Saturday. Sunday's attempt will be the final attempt to launch the rocket.

The mission will consist of the release of barium vapor, which is not harmful to the environment or public health, that will form two green-violet clouds that may be visible for about 30 seconds.

The agency said the spherical clouds, a mixture of green and violet, will appear immediately after the vapor release.

They'll appear for about 30 seconds and then take on a violet color after exposure to sunlight.