‘Welcome to the Outer Banks’ sign stolen from Bodie Island

Thieves recently stole the “Welcome to the Outer Banks” sign heading into the Cape Hatteras National Seashore from Nags Head. The Outer Banks Scenic Byway sign welcoming visitors heading south from Whalebone Junction to Bodie Island vanished sometime last week, said Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, a local journalist and community activist who served as chair of […]

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UPDATED: NASA rocket launch scrubbed for clouds; they’ll try again Wednesday

After a bout of the winds has scrubbed NASA’s launch of a suborbital sounding rocket from Wallops’ Flight Center on the Eastern Shore on three straight nights, it was clouds that blocked a Tuesday launch. The next attempt begins at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. The first three nights, the launch was postponed due to upper-level […]

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NASA rocket launch set for Saturday; should be visible along the Outer Banks

  Want to watch a rocket launch? NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will send a suborbital sounding rocket into space Saturday evening, and it should be visible across much of the eastern United States. The mission to explore energy transport is set to launch at 8:02 p.m. Saturday, May 8, which a […]

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Hurricane committee retires ‘Dorian;’ does away with Greek alphabet storm names

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee has retired 2019’s Dorian and 2020’s Laura, Eta and Iota from the rotating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction they caused. The committee has also decided that the Greek alphabet will not be used in future because it “creates a distraction from the […]

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‘Ocean Pursuit’ shipwreck removal remains high priority, seashore says

It’s been a year since the “Ocean Pursuit,” a commercial scallop boat, wrecked in Oregon Inlet. The 73-foot-long steel-hull ship ran into shallow water along the northern edge of the navigation channel on March 1, 2020 and the crew had to be airlifted to safety by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. Since then, the Ocean Pursuit […]

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“Cotton candy cloud” produced by sounding rocket from NASA Wallops

A three-stage suborbital sounding rocket was launched Wednesday around sunset for the Department of Defense from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore, and produced a cloud that looked like cotton candy in the southeastern sky. The launch was designed to study ionization in space just beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. After […]

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