SpaceX, ULA launch rockets from Space Force Station on the same day

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Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday hosted back-to-back rocket launches in an occurrence that hasn’t happened since 1966.

SpaceX’s KPLO Falcon 9 mission lifted off at 7:08 pm EDT from Pad 40 less than thirteen hours after the sunrise launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from neighboring Pad 41 which occurred at 6:29 am EDT.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Thursday, August 4, 2022. The rocket is carrying the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, a satellite headed for the Moon.  Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

The feat marks the quickest turnaround between orbital launches from the Space Coast since James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin’s Gemini 12 mission lifted off on November 11, 1966, just 90 minutes after the launch of the Agena Target Vehicle they would later meet up with in orbit to practice rendezvous and docking with.

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