The rocket launch from Wallops Island on Sunday, November 12, was successful. An earlier launch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, was postponed.
The launch was barely visible from our neighborhood because of cloud banks over the Chesapeake Bay. For a few seconds after launch, the flame from the tail of the rocket was visible as a bright yellow-orange spot climbing into the sky then disappearing behind the cloud bank.
Rockets are launched from the Wallops Island launch pad from time to time. Watch their website for launch schedules: Wallops Island NASA website.
The rocket launch from Wallops Island — which will be visible from our neighborhood — has been postponed.
Launch is now scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 7:14 AM. Details on the Wallops Island NASA website.
Launch originally was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:37 AM. However, that launch was scrubbed with 1 minute 15 seconds left in the countdown because an aircraft had intruded into the launch airspace.
To view the launch, look to the east, across the Chesapeake Bay — Wallops Island launch facility is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, across the Bay from our neighborhood. A good place to see the launch is at the end of the deck in our picnic area.
A rocket will be launched from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday morning and will be visible from our neighborhood.
- November 11
- 7:37 AM
- Look to the east
A good place from which to watch the rocket launch is from the end of a dock in the Potomac River, including the deck at the picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive. Look east, toward the Chesapeake Bay.
The rocket will be launched from the NASA installation at Wallops Island, VA, which lies almost directly east of our neighborhood. This launch is a rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station.
Launch times can be delayed because of weather or technical difficulties. It’s a good idea to start watching for the launch about five minutes before launch time. Also, you can listen to the launch countdown by following NASA Wallops on Twitter and/or Facebook.
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM, Sunday, November 5.
Remember to set your clocks BACK ONE HOUR before you go to bed Saturday night (unless you want to stay up until 2:00 AM, Sunday morning and set your clocks back one hour then!!).
Remember to vote in the general election:
- November 7
- Polls open 6:00 AM, close 7:00 PM
- Current photo ID required to vote
- Visit the Virginia State Dept of Elections website for more information
We will vote for statewide offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. Also, we will vote for our district representative in the House of Delegates.
Our neighborhood is in Northumberland County District 2 — we will vote for a member of the Board of Supervisors and for a member of the School Board, both from District 2.
Our neighborhood is located in Northumberland County, one of most historic counties in Virginia and home to some of the earliest European settlements in the New World.
Northumberland County has upgraded their website and the result is a very attractive, easy-to-use website. Here’s the link to the website.
Some of the features of the new site are:
- Tax maps. We are on maps 12A-1, -2, and -3.
- Land records. You can search the land records by name of owner, or, tax map number.
- Pay property taxes.
- Board of Supervisors information — names and contact information of supervisors; meeting schedules; meeting agendas and minutes.
- And . . . lots of other useful and important information for county residents.