September 23, 2021

Photos: Sixty more Starlinks rocket through moonlit sky over Cape Canaveral


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With another SpaceX rocket poised for launch just a few miles away, a Falcon 9 launcher soared through a moonlit sky over Cape Canaveral on Feb. 4 carrying 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit.

These photos show the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket taking off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 1:19 a.m. EST (0619 GMT) on Feb. 4. Nine Merlin 1D engines, consuming kerosene in combination with super-cold liquid oxygen, powered the rocket off the pad with 1.7 million pounds of fiery orange thrust.

The rocket’s reusable booster fired through a clear night sky, steering the Falcon 9 by the moon as seen from well-aligned observers to the west of the launch pad.

These photos show the Falcon 9 rocket’s climb into space. The Falcon 9’s upper stage deployed all 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit about an hour after liftoff.

Read our full story for details on the mission.

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A Falcon 9 rocket climbs into a moonlit sky over Cape Canaveral. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now
A Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station early Thursday, while another Falcon 9 stands in the foreground on pad 39A. Credit: SpaceX
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