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China fired at least one missile into the sea over the weekend and was expected to continue testing through a launch window that continued until Wednesday, NBC News reported Tuesday, citing anonymous U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Brendan Scott / Bloomberg, Time, "Pentagon Calls China’s South Sea Missile Test ‘Truly Disturbing’," 3 July 2019 The rover, which doesn’t have a name yet, has a launch window of July 17-Aug. 5 in 2020. Doreen Christensen,, "Blast your name to Mars aboard the 2020 rover," 28 June 2019 Coincidentally, the Norwegian Sun is departing at the same time a launch window opens for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral. Paul Brinkmann,, "Norwegian Cruise Line will embark on Port Canaveral's first ever cruise to Cuba on Monday," 4 May 2018 The launch window from Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A opens at 11:30 p.m. tonight and closes at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Chabeli Herrera,, "Tonight’s Falcon Heavy liftoff from Cape will be SpaceX’s ‘most difficult launch ever’," 24 June 2019 The Falcon 9 is slated to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California, with a 13-minute launch window that begins at 10:17 am ET. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "SpaceX set to launch satellites for the Canadian government," 12 June 2019 SpaceX has a short 13-minute launch window, so the Falcon 9 rocket can conceivably launch up until 10:30AM ET. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch and land its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast," 12 June 2019 According to a report on, the Air Force is aiming for a June 24 launch with a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:30 p.m. Richard Tribou,, "SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s night launch pushed to no earlier than June 24: report," 8 June 2019 The nine-day launch window will open from November 11 to 19, with daily launch opportunities between 03:00 to 07:00 UTC, the company said. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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