SpaceX launches observatory on third attempt, drops booster into rough seas

February 14, 2015 3:10 PM

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SpaceX successfully launched an observatory that could keep an eye out for incoming solar storms on behalf of NASA, but the company aborted its second attempt to land the rocket on a platform at sea due to stormy weather.

The observatory, inspired by former Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore, blasted off aboard an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket after being delayed several times, successfully sending the spacecraft into orbit, where it will be used by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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