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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and satellite launches from Cape Canaveral in Florida

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle and a NASA satellite carrying a payload were launched Tuesday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The rocket and its payload, which included the European Space Agency’s Galileo navigation satellite and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tohoku 002 spacecraft, will fly from the Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral, where SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage was launched Jan. 6.

The Falcon rocket and payload are carrying NASA’s Galileo satellite.

The payload for the launch was the European Union’s Galileo mission, named after its European spacecraft program.

Galileo will be used by European countries and organizations, including NASA, to send back data on the movement of Jupiter’s magnetic field and other weather phenomena.

In a news release, NASA said the launch occurred on a Thursday at 5:28 p.m.


The launch occurred about a week after SpaceX’s rocket and the company’s Dragon spacecraft launched atop their first stage from Florida, carrying two satellites to geostationary transfer orbit.

At the time of the launch, the Falcon 9 was carrying the Atlas V rocket.

After liftoff, the spacecraft and the Falcon rocket will be in a geostationsary transfer orbits with the International Space Station.