Falcon 9 Rocket (Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter)

SpaceX is postponing the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to Monday due to booster checks and weather concerns.

On Sunday, Space X announced on Twitter that it will send the reusable Falcon 9 booster on its third flight to space tomorrow. The company tweeted that it’s “working toward a backup launch opportunity on Dec. 3,” after it conducted additional tests.

The rocket, which was supposed to launch today, will instead take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calfornia on Monday at 1:32 p.m. EST, according to Space.com. SpaceX has postponed the rocket’s mission since mid-November due to booster checks and bad weather at the lift-off area.

As part of the mission, Spaceflight, a SpaceX customer, will send 64 small satellites for a ride on the rocket. One of these interstellar-bound objects will also pay tribute to Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African -American astronaut. To honor his work, Spaceflight is sending a bust of Lawrence enclosed in a 24-karat-gold jar on the big day.

Despite some hiccups, the third Falcon 9 trip is a major milestone for SpaceX. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn’t ready to retire yet. Previous Falcon 9 stages had to retire after two flights, yet Monday’s Falcon 9 booster is going for its third space journey. In May, it launched the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh government and in August, it sent up the Merah Putih satellite for the Indonesia-based PT Telkom company, reported NASASpaceFlight.com.

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Fans can watch the Falcon 9 rocket take-off live on SpaceX’s webcast. It will begin streaming on Monday, at 1:17 p.m. EST, which is 15 minutes before Falcon 9 will embark on its space journey. SpaceX’s Twitter account will share live updates of the mission as well.

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