January 16, 2019

Photos: Falcon 9 soars into space at sunset


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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on its 15th flight just before sunset Wednesday, putting on a spectacular sky show en route to space with a NOAA satellite to measure the solar wind.

The 224-foot-tall booster launched at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, pitched east-northeast from the Florida coastline, and released the Deep Space Climate Observatory for a million-mile, 110-day journey to the L1 Lagrange point.

Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now
Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX

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