It’s a historic day, people! Today’s SpaceX March 30th launch will attempt to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket (aka, a recycled rocket) into space in order to put 10 communication satellites into orbit. SpaceX will also attempt to catch the rocket’s nose cone — a part of the rocket that breaks free from the main section once it reaches space — so that it can be reused in future launches (Space X has yet to successfully recapture the cone in past launches).
For those who don’t know, SpaceX, a company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, is all about trying to make space exploration more affordable. Historically, a huge deterrent in the field of space exploration is how much is costs to make rockets — which traditionally only have a one time use. Musk is pioneering ways to make rockets reusable, making it easier for humans to explore the great beyond.
Today’s SpaceX March 30th launch will take place in California from Vandenberg Air Force Base, and is scheduled to happen at precisely 10:13 a.m. ET. If it doesn’t happen at 10:13, it will have to be rescheduled for a backup day. Space X will begin a live stream on its site about 15 minutes before the launch. Watch it here!