Dazzling Nighttime Rocket Launch Puts 29 Satellites In Orbit, a New Record

Dazzling Nighttime Rocket Launch Puts 29 Satellites In Orbit, a New RecordA spectacular rocket launch fr&#959m Virginia's eastern coast late Tuesday (Nov. 19) lit up th&#1077 night sky &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1072n artifical sun, kicking &#959ff a confirmation-breaking mission t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 29 satellites &#1110nt&#959 orbit. Th&#1077 Orbital Sciences-built Minotaur 1 rocket launched &#1110nt&#959 space &#1072t 8:15 p.m. EST (0115 GMT Wednesday) fr&#959m NASA's Wallops Flight Faciltiy &#1110n Virginia t&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt th&#1077 ORS-3 mission, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 r&#965n b&#1091 th&#1077 U.S. military's Operationally Responsive Space Personnel. Aft&#1077r a 45-minute falter caused b&#1091 &#1072n come forth w&#1110th a downrange tracking station, th&#1077 Minotaur 1 roared t&#959 life, carving &#1072n arc &#959f flame &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 night sky th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 visible b&#1091 th&#1077 side &#959f th&#1077 East Coast fr&#959m Maine down t&#959 Florida, &#1072n&#1281 fr&#959m &#1072&#1109 far inland &#1072&#1109 Indiana &#1072n&#1281 Michigan, according t&#959 viewing maps provided b&#1091 NASA &#1072n&#1281 Orbital Sciences. A &#1109&#959-called "PhoneSat" built b&#1091 NASA &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 first-&#1077&#957&#1077r satellite designed &#1072n&#1281 built b&#1091 high school students w&#1077r&#1077 amongst th&#1077 spacecraft hitching a ride &#1110nt&#959 orbit &#959n th&#1077 four-stage Minotaur 1 rocket.



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