WATCH REPLAY: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral With Overall Success

By  //  March 16, 2017

Launched At 2 a.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral is set to liftoff early Thursday morning.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral early Thursday morning.

It will mark SpaceX’s third launch of the year and its second from Pad 39A, which the company is leasing from NASA for commercial flights of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, according to

NASA has used the historic pad to launch Apollo moon missions and space shuttle flights.

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter that EchoStar 23 launch didn’t include an attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster due to the weight of the satellite and the altitude of its final geostationary transfer orbit.

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The launch window opens at 2 a.m. ET.