Brazil, Argentina launch space rocket in first joint mission

Brazil and Argentina successfully launched a rocket into space on Sunday in the first joint space mission by the two South American nations.

Brazil, Argentina launch space rocket in first joint mission

The VS30 rocket, which carried experiments from both countries, blasted off from Brazil's Barreira do Inferno launch center in northern Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil's Space Agency said in a statement.

The rocket reached an altitude of 75 miles and its journey — which lasted 9 minutes, 25 seconds — was considered "perfect," the agency said.

Liftoff was delayed several times since Wednesday by bad weather.

The mission was the fruit of a 1998 accord between space agencies in Brazil, which has launched rockets into space before, and Argentina, which has relied on other nations to send up satellites.

Agencies

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