The Falcon Heavy rocket launched early Tuesday, two cores made it back safely.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched at 2:30 am ET from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday morning. It sent its payload of 24 satellites into space. Less than three minutes after the launch, the rocket’s two side-mounted boosters separated as planned from the first stage’s center core and subsequently returned to make a safe landing near KSC. Over the next 3 hours and 30 minutes, the Falcon Heavy’s upper stage separated from the center core and flew onward, into the first of several orbits. One of its missions was to drop off 24 satellites into three different orbits.

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After nearly a week in space, the SpaceX Crew Dragon hit its splashdown time of 8:45 a.m. ET right on target Friday. It landed in the Atlantic Ocean after undocking from the International Space Station and re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.

The successful demonstration mission for the capsule that SpaceX is “an amazing achievement in American history,” according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who called the flight the “dawning of a new era in American human space flight.”

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a_storm_at_pors-loubousAirports and cruise ports shut down, trains are suspended and theme parks are closed as Hurricane Matthew began hitting Florida Thursday afternoon. Matthew is the most powerful storm to hit the state in the past decade.
A number of airports shut down in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Sanford International Airport closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 6. Officials said in a release that “due to current predictions” the airport would be forced to close and passengers should not go there until commercial flight activity resume. The announcement doesn’t give further information about when the airport is planning to reopen. More »