Another Antares mission successfully launched from Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia early on Monday, November 7th. While we did not get to see this launch in person, living on the Chesapeake Bay the past four years has given us the opportunity to view a few launches from Wallops. I took my son for his first ever live launch viewing a few miles south of the facility on March 17th, 2019 for an Antares launch to resupply the International Space Station. It was also my first live launch viewing. Needless to say, the experience was out of this world (sorry).
Even though we were miles away from the launch pad, the thing was still very loud. The sound hit us a few seconds after the rocket had taken off, and it definitely takes you by surprise. It's interesting that the rocket appears to rise slowly with few reference points, but ends up miles in the sky in mere moments with your neck crooked looking up. It's an amazing trick of perception. I hope we are able to get close to another launch soon. It's well worth the trip if you ever have the chance. And don't forget to check out our space inspired candles to take you back to those moments watching amazing engineering help us escape into space.