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SpaceX launches 52 Starlink satellites, lighting up night sky


SpaceX launched one other 52 Starlink satellites from Florida Saturday — and their rockets were seen so far as Long Island on their way into space.

A Falcon 9 rocket equipped with the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:32 p.m. on Saturday night.

The rocket appeared comet-like over Long Island, where lucky viewers could see an excellent ball of sunshine propelling through the sky trailed by a luminous tail.

Nine minutes after launch, the Falcon-9’s first stage booster separated from the rocket and tumbled back towards Earth where it was landed on a “droneship” stationed within the Atlantic Ocean, in keeping with SpaceX’s details of the launch.

Just over quarter-hour after launch, SpaceX confirmed that the satellites had been deployed.

The 52 satellites that were launched from Florida could possibly be seen from Long Island as they made their way into space. Youtube

SpaceX launch seen over Long Island
The SpaceX launch seen over Long Island Saturday night.

SpaceX Launch seen over Long Island
The rocket appeared comet-like over Long Island.

Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully launched 35 satellites into orbit, including an enormous test satellite built to supply power to smartphones in distant areas.

The brand new Starlink satellites joined a constellation of about 3,000 others in low Earth orbit, providing web access to greater than 400,000 subscribers, in keeping with SpaceX.

SpaceX CEO and co-founder Elon Musk appeared to verify on Friday that he’ll make Starlink available in Iran after the federal government has limited web access as protests against the regime have erupted nationwide.

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