SpaceX launches its 50th Falcon 9 rocket

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lofts the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite to space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (SpaceX Photo)

SpaceX sent a Spanish broadband telecommunications satellite into orbit tonight, marking the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket.

The rocket sent Hispasat 30W-6 rose into the night sky from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:33 a.m. ET March 6 (9:33 p.m. PT March 5), at the start of a two-hour launch window.

Launch commentator John Insprucker called it a “great liftoff.”

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