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Coast Phase Continues Following On-time Launch

18 Apr 2018, 23:17 UTC
Coast Phase Continues Following On-time Launch
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The second stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the attached TESS spacecraft are in a coast phase following an on-time liftoff at 6:51 p.m. EDT. Coming up, the second-stage engine will ignite one more time at about 43 minutes into the flight. That burn, lasting only about a minute, will pave the way for TESS spacecraft separation at a mission-elapsed time of about 49 minutes.
Here’s another look at today’s launch:
Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA’s TESS spacecraft. Image credit: NASA TV

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