What Cocoa Beach Viewers Will See During Tomorrow's Orion Ascent Abort Test Tomorrow

Bill Jelen

July 1, 2019

Anyone on Cocoa Beach tomorrow at 7AM will witness a fascinating show during the unmanned Orion Ascent Abort Test 2. The two-hour launch window begins at 7 AM on Tuesday July 2, 2019 with a back-up launch day of July 3, 2019.

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