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Rocket Lab launches 2 tiny NASA hurricane-watching probes to orbit

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches the second set of TROPICS hurricane-studying cubesats for NASA on May 25, 2023. (Image credit score: Rocket Lab)

The second set of NASA’s TROPICS cubesats launched on Thursday evening (May 25), finishing the company’s hurricane-studying miniconstellation.

The two tiny satellites lifted off atop a Rocket Lab Electron car from the corporate’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday at 11:46 p.m. EDT (0346 GMT on May 26). 

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