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LAUNCH ALERT: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 18:10 EST (23:10 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9, version 1.1 rocket will be launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40 or “SLICK-40”) carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) for the U.S. Air Force, NOAA and NASA.
This will be the Falcon 9’s 15th flight “F9-15”, the Falcon 9 version 1.1’s (F9v1.1) 10th flight and the 4th with affixed landing legs.
DSCOVR will operate from the L1 Lagrange point roughly 1 million miles from Earth, toward the Sun. Being in the stable L1 point will allow the spacecraft to remain between the Sun and Earth to provide advanced warning of any actions from the Sun fired off in our direction. From that vantage point it will also constantly see Earth’s sunny side to monitor climate conditions.
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