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Falcon 9’s Japanese moon mission launch sends sonic booms across Central Florida

(CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA) — SpaceX launched the first privately-led Japanese mission to the moon early Wednesday from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The launch of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1 on the Falcon 9 rocket at 3:39 a.m. EST Wednesday was joined by a small NASA spacecraft, a lander, and the Lunar Flashlight, according to SpaceX.

The rocket booster’s return to the Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1 around 10 minutes after liftoff remitted sonic booms throughout Central Florida.

Falcon 9’s launch marks the fifth for the reusable, two-stage rocket, according to SpaceX.