SpaceX gets $50 million NASA contract to launch space telescopes from Kennedy Space Center


    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be responsible for launching a new mission for NASA in two years that will carry three sensitive telescopes to space, allowing scientists to closely study certain astronomical objects for the first time.

    NASA announced Monday it was awarding SpaceX $50.3 million to launch the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE mission. The mission is scheduled to take off in April 2021 from Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A.