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LIFTOFF! @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 weather satellite launches at 4:47am ET, heading into polar orbit around Earth:

Launch managers checked with their teams one last time and gave the final ‘GO’ for liftoff of @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1. Watch the 4:47am ET launch here:

What is @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1? It’s a polar-orbiting satellite that will help improve weather forecasting. Watch:

Weather for this morning’s 4:47am ET launch of @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 is 100% ‘GO’. Watch liftoff:

LIVE NOW: Join us as we countdown to the 4:47am ET liftoff of @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 weather satellite. Watch:

Awake? Sip your coffee as you tune in for a live rocket launch at 4:47am ET! Launch coverage of @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 begins at4:15am. Watch:

RT @AstroKomrade: Japan is a very beautiful country, and it becomes even more spectacular at night! Good night from @Space_Station.

Friday the Moon Smiled

Friday, an old Moon smiled for early morning risers. Its waning sunlit crescent is captured in this atmospheric scene from clear skies near Bursa, Turkey, planet Earth. In the subtle twilight hues nearby celestial lights are Jupiter (top) and Venus shining close to the eastern horizon. But today, Saturday, the Moon will be new and early next week its waxing crescent will follow the setting Sun as it sinks in the west. Then, a young Moon’s smile will join Saturn and Mercury in early evening skies. via NASA

This Week @NASA: New @Space_Station science & supplies; #Mars 2020 supersonic parachute test + new podcast debut. Watch:

Join us for the launch of @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 weather satellite tomorrow at 4:47am ET. Live coverage begins at 4:15am: