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SpaceX blasts satellite into orbit

SpaceX blasts satellite into orbit

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's aerospace firm SpaceX blasted a government weather satellite into orbit Wednesday, but the company called off its much-anticipated attempt at landing its booster rocket on an ocean barge.

The Falcon 9 rocket carried a satellite that had been proposed 17 years ago by then-Vice President Al Gore. Its primary purpose is to provide early warning of solar storms that scientists say can disrupt power grids and potentially cause mass blackouts.

After two previous attempts to launch the satellite were scrubbed, the rocket blasted off at 3:03 p.m. Pacific time. The satellite, known as the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVER, headed into deep...