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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA’s new IXPE X-ray space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX successfully launched its 28th rocket of the year early Thursday morning (December 9), flying an X-ray observatory into space for NASA.

The Falcon 9 rocket in use lifted off at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT) from Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). The mission was the fifth flight of this special reinforcement.

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