DON’T MISS: Planet-hunting mission one of two Cape launches

Cape Canaveral will host two launches in the coming days with the powerful Atlas V rocket scheduled for a Saturday liftoff and a Space X Falcon 9 launching Monday.

The United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket will carry a communications satellite and an aircraft that will be used for research by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Saturday’s launch is expected to liftoff at 7:13 p.m. from Launch Complex 41. A live webcast of the event will begin at 6:53 p.m on the ULA website.

On Monday, a Space X Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch at 6:32 p.m. with NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, a spacecraft that will monitor more than 200,000 stars looking for small planets.

SpaceX and NASA-TV will host webcasts of the event.

With showers possible Saturday and weather turning ugly Sunday, monitor updates on the launches here and here. 

An artist’s rendition of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS.

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