“It was inspiring to witness the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). DSCOVR has embarked on its mission to further our understanding of Earth and enable citizens and scientists alike to better understand the reality of the climate crisis and envision its solutions. DSCOVR will also give us a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty and fragility of our planet and, in doing so, remind us of the duty to protect our only home.”
The Falcon 9 rocket and its DSCOVR spacecraft are continuing to gain speed and altitude as they near a parking orbit to begin a 22-minute coast phase.
A single Merlin engine is lifting DSCOVR into space now. The fairing jettisoned as plan.
First stage engines have shut down, stage jettisoned for second stage to take over.
The rocket has passed safely through Max-Q and is supersonic.
NOAA’s DSCOVR spacecraft is on the way to deep space!
The rocket is starting its pressure cycle before lighting the nine engines of the first stage.
The Eastern Range is go for launch, everything on track for 6:03 p.m. EST liftoff.