Watch Europe's Vega C rocket launch on debut mission today
A new European rocket will make its debut today (July 13), and you can watch the action live.
Vega C, a medium-lift rocket operated by French company Arianespace, is scheduled to lift off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou
It will be the first-ever mission for the four-stage Vega C, which is significantly more powerful than the original Vega rocket
The new variant can haul 2.3 tons of payload to a polar orbit about 435 miles (700 kilometers) above Earth,
The new version also has a larger fairing — the protective shell that surrounds satellites during launch
"Once in orbit, LARES-2's precise path will be tracked by laser, from ground stations,
"The purpose of the mission is to measure the so-called frame-dragging effect, a distortion of space-time caused by the rotation of a massive body