How to watch the SpaceX launch succeed or fail this Sunday

Less than a month after becoming the first rocket to vertically land after launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 is looking to break ground again by doing away with ground entirely.

On January 17, at 10:42am PST, SpaceX will be launching the Falcon 9 once more, this time aiming to stick the landing out at sea on an unmanned watercraft.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s aerospace venture, will be working in conjunction with NASA to launch NOAA’s Jason-3, a topographical-monitoring satellite planned to collect data from observing the sea surface.

NASA will also be providing spectator access for launch day, with NASA TV broadcasting the entire proceedings, from the prelaunch conference to the countdown. The Jason-3 official blog will also be webcasting the launch live.

After two failed attempts to land the standing rocket at sea, settling the Falcon 9 on a small landing pad rocking on the waves will easily be one of SpaceX trickiest touchdowns. Will the third time be the charm, or will failure beset the privateer spacecraft from another first? We’ll find out this weekend.

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