Massachusetts residents may get a chance to see a rocket blasting into space Tuesday evening after it launches from a base in Virginia, officials said.
The Antares rocket is set to take off from Wallops Island, Va., around 6:20 p.m., said Wallops Flight Facility spokesman Keith Koehler. This launch will be the fifth launch of the Antares since April 2013.
The launch was originally set for Monday evening, but it was postponed because a boat had ventured into the hazard zone under the rocket’s path, Koehler said.
The rocket will launch after sunset Tuesday. People in Massachusetts who look to the southeast will be able to see it about 5 degrees above the horizon at around 6:25 p.m., Koehler said.
“Basically, what you’re going to see is a light in a sky that will be heading out and toward the southeast,” Koehler said. “It may look like a shooting star going up, instead of down.”
The unmanned Antares rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp., is going to be loaded with 5,000 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station, including science experiments, spare parts, and crew provisions.
The rocket is set to arrive at the space station on Sunday.