Another SpaceX Launch Attempt of Deep Space Observatory
SpaceX will try to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday carrying an observatory satellite. The Deep Space Climate Observatory – or DSCOVR – will be positioned 1 million miles from the earth.
It will track damaging solar storms hours before they impact satellites and astronauts – almost like a solar tsunami buoy.
Being in that position will also allow the observatory to take full-view, live pictures of the earth - something scientists haven’t been able to do since Apollo 17 astronauts walked on the moon.
Senator Bill Nelson says that ability is invaluable to the scientific community. “[DSCOVR] will give us a new perspective of the overview effect of what this home is that we call planet earth, and what it looks like on a daily basis,” says Nelson
The DSCOVR project was started during the Clinton administration spear headed by then vice-president Al Gore.
The Falcon 9's launch window opens at 6:05pm.