Eastern Shore Archive
The bottom line on Tuesday's rocket explosion is this: It could have been worse.
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WALLOPS ISLAND The Anteras rocket launch that was scrubbed Monday is scheduled to take place today at 6:22 p.m. On Monday, Orbital Sciences Corp. got to within the 10-minute mark for the launch of its unmanned Cygnus capsule. A sailboat ended up in the restricted danger zone and controllers had to stop the countdown.
Correction: This story has been changed from its original version to fix a timing error. The Antares rocket will launch from the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. ___ WALLOPS ISLAND The next commercial resupply rocket launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday.
Three people, a cat and a dog were hoisted from a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay today near Cape Charles. The owner and operator of the 30-foot sailboat Mary K put out a distress call about 2 p.m. that three people aboard were seasick and that the sailboat was dragging anchor in 4-foot seas and 25-knot winds, according to a Coast Guard news release.
CAPE CHARLES The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release a bald eagle on Thursday at Kiptopeke State Park. The eagle was found face-down in Accomack County on Sept. 17, got preliminary treatment from a local wildlife rehabilitator and was taken to the wildlife center in Waynesboro the next day, according to a news release. Veterinarians believe the eagle suffered from toxicity.
The yellow button on the tally counter was labeled SSHA. Katie Rittenhouse pressed it twice as two sharp-shinned hawks zipped overhead. She had already counted a BAEA and an OSPR - a bald eagle and an osprey - but this early in the morning the masses of MERLs and PEFAs were yet to come. Merlin falcons, she said, fly anytime, but peregrines tend toward late afternoon.
WALLOPS ISLAND NASA will launch a Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket for the Department of Defense on Sunday from the Wallops Flight Facility. The launch is expected between midnight and 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the space agency. If weather or other factors prevent the launch, it will happen between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 12:30 a.m. Oct. 19.
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