SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Slated for Thursday from Kennedy Space Center
By Space Coast Daily // December 7, 2021
Launch window opens at 1 a.m. ET
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX has moved up a Falcon 9 rocket launch for Thursday, December 9 from Kennedy Space Center.
The one-hour and a half hour launch window opens at 1 a.m. ET.
The mission will launch the NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE).
According to SpaceFlight Now, IXPE exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes.
Following first-stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover the booster engine on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.