After scrubbing its morning launch due to inclement weather Sunday, SpaceX successfully made a second launch of the day at 7:18 p.m.
The payload consisted of an Earth-observing satellite for Argentina.
Due to the ULA scrub, SpaceX delayed its launch for the Argentina Space Agency, or CONAE, which was scheduled for Friday.
This particular launch was unique because the satellite requires a polar orbit to get above the South Pole. It’s the first satellite with a polar-orbit launching from Florida since Nov. 30, 1960. Most polar launches happen from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base because a polar launch from Florida puts the rocket trajectory over land, specifically Cuba.
The launch also included a landing back at Cape Canaveral, the first since March. All other rocket booster landings this year have been in the Atlantic Ocean on a droneship.
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