NASA launches first rocket from Australian space center

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

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 in the country

These will carry out astrophysical studies that can only be done from the Southern Hemisphere, according to NASA

"Today's launch not only puts ELA at the forefront of global commercial space launch

"At that final time, nearly everyone ran outside to see the launch and watch in awe

NASA is the first client for the commercial spaceport operated by ELA and 70 of its staff have traveled to Australia for the three missions.

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