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SpaceX launching 50 Starlink satellites, landing rocket

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From the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket containing 50 Starlink internet spacecraft is launched.

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This specific booster will be landing for the fourth time. The Sentinel-6 was also launched as a result of the first stage. 

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For SpaceX and its founder and CEO, Elon Musk, such reuse is a top objective.

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Musk wants to help humanity populate Mars, and he believes that fully and quickly reusable rockets are the key to making that happen.

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The Starlink expedition on February 3 was also noteworthy, but for a totally different purpose. A solar flare caused a geomagnetic storm on Earth shortly after launch.

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At protect against such storms, SpaceX has stated that it will launch Starlink spacecraft to slightly higher beginning altitudes in the future.

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