SpaceX launching Italian Earth-observation satellite Thursday: Watch live

SpaceX will launch an Italian Earth-observation satellite to orbit Thursday (Jan. 27), and you can watch it live.

A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite is scheduled to lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Thursday at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT). The rocket’s first stage is expected to come back for a vertical touchdown at Cape Canaveral not long after launch. SpaceX announced on Twitter that it had test-fired the Falcon 9 first-stage booster for the flight on Sunday (Jan. 23) ahead of today’s planned launch.