Rare Rocket Launch in Va. May Wow East Coast

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2009 12:25 PM CDT
A rocket launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A rare mid-Atlantic rocket launch could give Americans up and down the East Coast a special night sight next week, Space.com reports. NASA's launch of a spy satellite from Wallops Island in Virginia is scheduled after sunset Tuesday, with a window of 8 to 11pm. Similar events, mostly on the West Coast, have produced stunning contrails twisted by winds into strange patterns and colors. The launch will be visible as far west as Kentucky.