Far out! Space X successfully launches another rocket- and lands it!

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A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off carrying a Taiwanese satellite. The event will be streamed live.

The Falcon 9's mission-launch FORMOSAT-5 satellite into space.

"This is the 15th successful landing of a Falcon 9", said Lauren Lyons, the SpaceX webcast launch commentator.

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A predecessor satellite, Formosat-2, produced more than 2.5 million images over 12 years of operation before it wore out and was decommissioned a year ago.

But getting Formosat-5 aloft was the main point of today's mission. The satellite also carries a secondary Advanced Ionospheric Probe instrument built by Taiwan's National Central University. The larger, more powerful Falcon Heavy rocket is set for a demonstration launch later this year. The company began reusing its boosters this year - its first successful booster landing was in December 2015 - in an effort to cut down on launch costs. After the first stage sends the satellite on its way to low Earth orbit, the booster will attempt a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The gate opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 11:40 a.m. Weapons, alcohol, smoke, open fires and/or barbecues will not be allowed.

SpaceX previously planned to fly a secondary payload, the Sherpa bus from Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, which would have deployed almost 90 small satellites after separating from the Falcon 9 upper stage. The next Falcon 9 launch, of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B spaceplane, is planned for early September from Florida.

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