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CAPE CANAVERAL – SpaceX is taking back-to-back launches to a new level this week. If everything goes to plan, the company is set to shatter one of the Space Coast’s longest-held rocket launch records on Friday, Dec. 16.

Between 4 and 5 p.m., the year’s 55th and 56th launches are set to liftoff potentially less than 35 minutes apart. The missions will occur from the company’s two Florida launch pads – Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Pad-39A at Kennedy Space Center.

Friday could rewrite the record for the quickest turnaround between orbital launches from the Space Coast which has stood since November 11, 1966. On that day, James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin launched aboard the Gemini 12 mission just 90 minutes after the launch of the Agena Target Vehicle they would later meet up with in orbit to practice rendezvous and docking with.


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