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NASA successfully launches first commercial rocket from Australian spaceport

NASA successfully launched a rocket early Monday from the newly built Arnhem Space Center in Australia’s Northern Territory. This is the country’s first commercial space launch and the first of three launches in Australia.

The countdown had to be canceled several times before the launch due to bad weather and disturbing winds. The rocket finally took off from Arnhem Space Center on the Dhupuma Plateau near midnight (ACST) on Monday.

The rocket is expected to fly about 300 kilometers into space over Arnhem Land. After launch it was visible for about 10 seconds before exiting Earth’s atmosphere.

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It is NASA’s first launch from a commercial spaceport outside the United States and Australia’s first in more than 27 years.

The rocket is carrying an X-ray quantum calorimeter, which will help University of Michigan scientists measure interstellar X-rays with precision. It will provide new data on the structure and evolution of the universe.

According to NASA, this will enable the study of astrophysics that is possible only in the Southern Hemisphere. Scientists hope this will help them study the effect of a star’s light on nearby habitable planets.

About 75 NASA personnel were present at Arnhem Land for the launch. The inaugural launch was the first of three scheduled launches to take place during June and July this year, and the next rocket launch is expected to explode on July 4, 2022.

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NASA last launched rockets from Australia in 1995 from the Royal Australian Air Force Woomera Range Complex in South Australia. Arnhem Space Center is being operated by Equatorial Launch Australia. The organization is also participating in NASA’s future launches and projects.

(edited by : Sudarsanan Mani,

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