PACE (Falcon 9)
8 February 2024
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission to a sun-synchronous orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 1:33 a.m. on 8 February 2024. Following stage separation, the first stage landed on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

This is the fourth flight of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-7, CRS-29, and one Starlink mission.

PACE will be the first mission to provide measurements that enable prediction of the "boom-bust" cycle of fisheries, the appearance of harmful algae, and other factors that affect commercial and recreational industries. PACE will observe clouds and any airborne particles that absorb and reflect sunlight, known as aerosols. Many stakeholders rely on these key data to forecast weather, visibility and air quality. PACE will observe the ocean, clouds, and aerosols together to better understand their interactions.
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