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Solar storm dooms up to 40 new Starlink satellite

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SpaceX says the effects of a solar storm will destroy as many as 40 of 49 new Starlink internet satellites launched from Florida last week.

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Some of the satellites have already re-entered the atmosphere, and more are expected to plunge back to Earth in the coming days. The satellites are designed to burn up when they fall to Earth.

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A Falcon 9 rocket launched SpaceX’s newest 49 Starlink internet satellites Thursday, Feb. 3, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellites deployed all at once from the rocket’s second stage about 15 minutes after launch.

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