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Renowned physicist Eugene Parker watches the launch.

Roughly the size of a small car, the spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At 5:33 a.m., the mission operations manager reported that the spacecraft was healthy and operating normally.

The mission’s findings will help researchers improve their forecasts of space weather events, which have the potential to damage satellites and harm astronauts on orbit, disrupt radio communications and, at their most severe, overwhelm power grids.

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The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday from the California coast.

The twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), a joint NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) mission, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, sharing their ride into space with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites.

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historical Gulf Coast map

Celebrate the art, literature, music and cuisine of the region at the launch of the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Dr. Sam Monroe, president of Lamar State College Port Arthur from 1974-2013 and current president of the Port Arthur Historical Society, which operates the Museum of the Gulf Coast, will speak.

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Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System

NASA is set to launch its first Earth science small satellite constellation, which will help improve hurricane intensity, track, and storm surge forecasts, on Dec. 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) hurricane mission will measure previously unknown details crucial to accurately understanding the formation and intensity of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Jason-3 spacecraft Jan. 17.

Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday at 12:42 p.m. aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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