A NASA lunar mission that launched from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was seen throughout Connecticut Friday evening.

Connecticut residents, especially on the shoreline, had a great view of the rocket. During the rocket’s first stage a very distinct rocket plume and smoke trail was visible from CTTechJunkie’s vantage point in Westbrook Connecticut. Watch our video above to see what it looked like during our live stream Friday evening.

The launch sent NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment (LADEE) into Earth’s orbit. It will soon begin a gradual transfer to lunar orbit where it will measure what might be in the moon’s “atmosphere.” Apollo astronauts noticed a glow on the horizon during lunar sunrises and scientists have long suspected the moon has a thin atmosphere of dust and perhaps other gases. LADEE is also equipped with an experimental laser-based communications system to speed the flow of data from the moon back to earth.

LADEE launched on a Minotaur V rocket from the Orbital Sciences Corporation. The rocket system was derived from the cold war era “peacekeeper” missiles that were each capable of delivering 10 nuclear warheads to multiple targets.

Check out Orbital’s website for more information on the rocket used to launch LADEE. Future flights from Wallops should also be visible from Connecticut depending on conditions.

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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