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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacFeb 21, 2019
SpaceX launches moon lander, lands booster despite tough conditions
SpaceX had another successful launch on Thursday night, despite some tough conditions. Its Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a trio of spacecraft, including a moon lander, came along for the ride. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says Mars round trip could cost only $100,000 one day Lift off took place at 8:45 p.m. ET, at the beginning of the 32-minute launch window. Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/Cd8nGQwrhd — SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2019 Bad weather threatened the recovery of the first-stage booster, but after 8-and-a-half minutes following launch, the booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. It's the third time this booster has been launched and landed, and marks SpaceX's 34th successful landing. The reuse of boosters is part of SpaceX's plan to make spaceflight cheaper. Falcon 9 first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, completing this booster's third launch and landing. pic.twitter.com/IP6yvi8SQa — SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2019 Just after 34 minutes, the Israeli moon lander Beresheet, which is owned by a nonprofit called SpaceIL, was deployed to orbit. It's set to be the smallest spacecraft to ever land on the Moon. Weighing 1,322 pounds (600 kg), it's also the first spacecraft from an Israeli entity and the first privately-funded spacecraft to reach the lunar surface. Previously, only the U.S., U.S.S.R, and China have landed spacecraft on the moon.  Su
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