SpaceX will launch a new X-ray space telescope for NASA early Thursday. Here's how to watch live. - Space.com
Dec 08, 2021 1 min, 0 secs
— SpaceX will launch a new space observatory for NASA overnight and you can watch the action live online. .

The private spaceflight company will launch the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) on one of its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets.

You can watch the launch live in the window above and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX.

You can also watch the launch directly via SpaceX and on YouTube.

Thursday's flight is the 28th Falcon 9 mission for SpaceX so far in 2021.

Related: SpaceX's most-flown Falcon 9 rocket is a sooty veteran after 10 launches.

Thursday's pre-dawn flight will continue a busy month here on the Space Coast, with as many as five rocket launches on the calendar for December.

Those launches include four Falcon 9s and one United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V.

To ensure that Thursday's Falcon 9 rocket is ready to fly, SpaceX briefly fired up the nine Merlin 1D engines on the rocket's first stage on Saturday (Dec. 4).

After the rocket successfully carries the IXPE satellite into space, its first stage will touch down on SpaceX's drone ship, "Just Read the Instructions." 

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