SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral

Central Florida got a show lighting up the night sky.

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Thursday evening.

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The rocket launched Nusantara Satu, a communication satellite for Indonesia, along with a commercial moon lander and small satellites.

The rocket carried an Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet, into orbit, marking the first time Israel and a privately funded spacecraft will land on the moon.

Beresheet, which is Hebrew for "genesis," is about the size of a kitchen table and weighs about 350 pounds with fuel.

Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL said it has been working on the lunar lander since 2011. It will take about two months for the spacecraft to arrive to the moon.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex held a viewing party for the launch with commentary from experts and access to some of the visitor complex’s exhibits and attractions.

The rocket blasted off at 8:45 p.m.

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