Where to watch the OSIRIS-REx launch tonight

If you can’t make it to Florida, NASA will be hosting a live feed of the mission launch that you can stream at home.

An Atlas V rocket ready for launch at Cape Canaveral. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr)
An Atlas V rocket ready for launch at Cape Canaveral. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr)
An Atlas V rocket ready for launch at Cape Canaveral. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr)

Alright space travel enthusiasts, the day is finally here! Tonight at 7:05 p.m. eastern time, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket, will shoot into space on a seven-year mission to the asteroid Bennu.

If your brain just shut-down because you don’t speak Sci-Fi, have no fear — you still have all day to learn about OSIRIS-REx before the launch tonight. Or you could tune in anyway, just for fun.

For the best seats in the house, visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Tickets for the up-close launch viewing from its observation gantry have been sold out for some time, but you can still buy a day-pass to the Kennedy Space Center.

Passes cost $50 for adults or $40 for children plus an additional $39 to view the launch from the NASA causeway — if you happen to be in Florida.

Goddard Space Flight Center is hosting a free event.

This one also requires some travel, but it’s free! Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is hosting an evening of briefings, activities and, of course, the OSIRIS-REx launch viewing that is free and open to the public.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. eastern time. For more information visit the Goddard Visitor Center website.

Watch on NASA TV.

If, like me, you are home in Colorado for the night, NASA will be hosting a live feed of the mission launch that you can stream at home.

Launch coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. eastern time and conclude about one hour after launch. Visit NASA’s website to watch the viewing or visit Channel 352 on DirecTV or Channel 286 on Dish Network. Other local channels may host the stream at their discretion.

Still need to get pumped up? Here’s the official launch trailer NASA released on Wednesday.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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