SpaceX Falcon 9 launches EarthCARE satellite to study heating and cooling in Earth's atmosphere

SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite into low Earth orbit on Tuesday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The mission of EarthCARE, developed by the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is to study the role that clouds and aerosols play in heating and cooling the Earth's atmosphere, according to the ESA.

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The EarthCARE satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch on May 28, 2024 from the Vandenberg Space Force base in Lompoc, California. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

According to SpaceX, this was the seventh flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission.

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Earlier on Tuesday, another SpaceX Falcon 9 launched 23 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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