Umbilicals pull away from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR. Liftoff occurred at 6:03 p.m. EST. DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities. To learn more about DSCOVR, visit http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/DSCOVR.
Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Tim Powers