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SpaceX launches satellite, forgoes landing

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The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lights up the night at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. (SpaceX via YouTube)

For the second time in a week, weather worries caused a delay in SpaceX’s launch of the EchoStar 23 communications satellite – but this time, liftoff took place less than a half-hour later than planned.

Tonight’s Falcon 9 rocket launch sent the satellite on its way from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first time a purely commercial satellite launch took place at a pad that once served as the sending-off point for Apollo moon trips and space shuttle flights.

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By Alan Boyle

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