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SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites on its second spaceflight in a day


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 23 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Florida tonight (Oct. 21) on the company’s second mission of the day.

The Falcon 9 is lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday at 10:17 p.m. EDT (0217 GMT on Oct. 22).

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage is seen on the deck of company's the droneship

A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage is seen on the deck of company’s the droneship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” after returning to Earth from the launch of 23 Starlink satellites on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.  (Image credit: SpaceX (via X.com))

The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth for a vertical landing tonight, touching down about 8.5 minutes after launch on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.



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