SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off with climate satellite

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Private space company SpaceX launched its first deep space mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:03 pm local time Wednesday, sending the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) into space on a Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite is jointly owned by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US Air Force, and will be used to detect potentially harmful solar activity. It will also record and analyze weather patterns on Earth to help scientists make climate change predictions.

The rocket launch was previously put off several times due to poor weather conditions.