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SpaceX rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit

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A used SpaceX rocket launched a new fleet of Starlink internet satellites into orbit and returned to Earth for a stunning landing

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The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with 53 Starlink spacecraft soared into the Florida morning sky from NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Liftoff was at 6:59 a.m. EDT (1059 GMT), about 39 minutes later than SpaceX initially planned. 

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"Falcon 9 has successfully lifted off carrying our 53 Starlink satellites into space," SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson said during a live webcast.

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The launch marked SpaceX's third Starlink mission in five days following missions on May 13 and May 14.

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Starlink is SpaceX's broadband constellation, which currently consists of more than 2,300 satellites, according to astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell.

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