WATCH: SpaceX successfully launches equipment to study stars, black holes from Space Coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) from the Kennedy Space Center overnight.

The 90-minute launch window opened at 1 a.m., and the rocket launched as planned.

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The mission of the IXPE is to study neutron stars, pulsar winds and supermassive black holes.

The launch marks the fifth flight for Falcon 9′s first-stage booster.

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Watch the launch below:

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.