Assateague Island Closed To View Launch


Antares Viewing map prepared by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
Antares Viewing map prepared by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

The Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft launch is rescheduled for tonight at 7:40 PM.  There are a few places that are closed to the public that are normally open.   “Arbuckleneck Road and Assateague Island are closed to the public by area officials and will not be available for viewing the Antares rocket launch.” … announced by Wallops today.  I am assuming this has to do with the flight path.  If you remember the last launch the rocket exploded,and that is always a concern.

 There is a list of public places you can see the launch.  Wallops and NASA would also like the public’s help to let them know how far away the launch can be seen, by submitting information.  “Let us know where you watch the Antares launch, when it comes into view, and how high you see it in the sky. Share details and your own photos with NASA Wallops on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Your timed observations with approximate latitude-longitude (or city and state) help us refine our maps! ”  

Related Articles
1 of 609

The best place to watch the launch is a beach in Delaware or anywhere you have a good view of the horizon, like the edge of the inland bays.   We are also doing a photo contest on Delaware Surf Fishing’s Facebook page if you would like to submit a photo, send it to the page, or email it to

Fish On!!

Rich King

antares launch, delaware, sussex county, cape henlopen state park,
Antares flight over Delaware … Winning photo by Brian Wood in 2014 for our contest.

Comments are closed.