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SpaceX Photos: Jason-3 Satellite Launch and Falcon 9 Rocket Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Jason-3 Satellite

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on Jan. 17, 2016, carrying the ocean-monitoring Jason-3 satellite to orbit, in this screengrab from a SpaceX webcast. See launch video and read the full story here.

Jason 3 Satellite Illustration

NOAA

An artist's illustration of the Jason-3 satellite in orbit. The satellite will map Earth's oceans and seafloors in unprecedented detail. See launch video and read the full story here.

Jason-3 Spacecraft Ready for Launch

SpaceX/Lauren Lyons

In the SpaceX Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, scientists and engineers encapsulate the Jason-3 satellite in its payload fairing ahead of its planned Jan. 17, 2016 launch. See launch video and read the full story here.

Falcon 9 and Jason-3 Atop Launch Pad

NASA/Kim Shiflett

At Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands ready to boost the Jason-3 spacecraft into orbit for NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and EUMETSAT, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. See launch video and read the full story here.

Falcon 9 for Jason 3

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ahead of its planned Jan. 17, 2016 launch of the Jason-3 ocean-mapping satellite for NASA and NOAA. See launch video and read the full story here.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rollout for Jason-3

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rolls out to its launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to launch the Jason-3 ocean mapping satellite for NASA, NOAA and other partners on Jan. 17, 2016. See launch video and read the full story here.

Falcon 9 Rollout

SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is moved to the launch pad for the launch of Jason-3, an ocean-monitoring satellite, from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Jan. 17, 2016. See launch video and read the full story here.

Jason-3/Falcon 9 Rocket Rollout

SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket heads to the launchpad ahead of the launch of Jason-3, an ocean-monitoring satellite, from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Jan. 17, 2016. See launch video and read the full story here.

Falcon 9 Rocket Closeup for Jason-3

SpaceX

A close-up of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch the Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Jan. 17, 2016. See launch video and read the full story here.

Jason-3: Satellite Close-up

NASA/Thiep Nguyen and Christopher Wiant

In the SpaceX Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, scientists and engineers are completing encapsulation of the Jason-3 satellite in its payload fairing ahead of its Jan. 17, 2016 launch. See launch video and read the full story here.

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