Updated: February 11, 2015 5:45 PM ET | Originally published: February 10, 2015 5:42 PM EST

SpaceX successfully launched its first deep-space mission Wednesday evening, after two aborted launches in recent days.

The company’s Falcon 9 rocket deployed a satellite that will eventually take up position almost a million miles from Earth, where it will watch for incoming solar storms.

Founder Elon Musk hopes to land the Falcon on a floating barge off the Florida coast. SpaceX’s previous attempt to make that soft landing, which could dramatically reduce rocket launches’ cost, ended in a fiery crash.

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