SpaceX rocket blasts off to put weather satellite into deep space

February 11, 2015 11:28 PM

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX rocket blasted off on Wednesday to put a U.S. satellite into deep space, where it will keep tabs on solar storms and image Earth from nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km) away. Illuminated by the setting sun, the 22-story Falcon 9 rocket soared off its seaside launch pad at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch was delayed on Sunday by a problem with a radar tracking system and on Tuesday by high winds.

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