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NASA rocket launch may spark visible light show over US East Coast and Bermuda tonight

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The map on the left shows where observers may be able to see the launch of NASA’s Black Brant XII sounding rocket from Wallops Island, weather permitting, on May 9, 2021. On the right is a photo of a four-stage Black Brant XII sounding rocket. (Image credit: NASA)

A small NASA sounding rocket will launch tonight (May 10), creating a brief, colorful light show over the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda, and you can watch all the action live. 

NASA is scheduled to launch a four-stage Black Brant XII rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia for a special space mission called the KiNETic-scale energy and momentum transport eXperiment, or KiNet-X. The rocket is scheduled to lift off during a 40-minute launch window, beginning at 8:04 p.m. EDT tonight (0004 GMT on Tuesday, May 11). The launch has been delayed twice in the last two days due to bad weather.

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