Rocket Lab’s Electron booster reaches orbit

Electron lifting off

New Zealand officially joins the rank of spacefaring nations as Rocket Lab’s Electron booster reached orbit in the first successful commercial space launch in the southern hemisphere. On January 21 at 1:43 GMT, the composite-bodied, two-stage rocket lifted off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 located on the tip of the Māhia Peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand carrying a payload of mini satellites, which it successfully delivered to Earth orbit.

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