NASA rocket launches from Arnhem Land

NASA has successfully launched a rocket from the remote wilderness of the Northern Territory

 the first of three scheduled rockets finally launched at about half past midnight local time early on Monday 

The rocket is carrying an X-ray Quantum Calorimeter, allowing University of Michigan scientists to measure interstallar X-rays

About 75 NASA personnel are in Arnhem Land for the launch, which is the agency's first in Australia in 27 years

NASA last launched from Australia in 1995, when its rockets lifted off from the Royal Australian Air Force

They're also taking part in the upcoming launch, including retrieving rocket modules when they return to Earth

NSA will launch another two rockets from the ELA complex on July 4 and July 12.

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