NASA launches first rocket from Australian space center

NASA has carried out its first commercial spaceport launch outside the United States.

The rocket blasted off at just past midnight local time Monday from the Arnhem Space Center

The rocket is expected to travel more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) into space on its mission

Monday's event also made history for Australia as the first commercial space launch 

Michael Jones, executive chairman and group CEO of ELA, said it was a historic night.

 They have been unbelievably generous in helping us through this journey

Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker,

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