Crack open the bubbly: Despite earlier concerns over weather and some initial technical difficulties, SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. And they did it just moments before their 3pm deadline.
It’s too early to say whether SpaceX has collected the data from this that they were looking for, but the Falcon 9 success seems like great news for privatized space exploration, especially in light of NASA’s budget slashes.
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(video via Mediaite.)