Rocket Lab successfully launched two satellites into orbit and aimed to recover the mission’s booster, taking another step in its quest to build a partially reusable launch vehicle. 

The company’s two-stage Electron rocket topped with two commercial Earth-observation satellites lifted off from Rocket Lab’s New Zealand site, on the North Island’s Mahia Peninsula, Wednesday (Nov. 17) at 8:38 p.m. EST (0138 GMT and 2:38 p.m. New Zealand time on Nov. 18).

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