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SpaceX launches Starlink satellites early Thursday morning

The launch was originally set for Tuesday, but was delayed so scientists could take more time doing pre-launch checks.
Credit: Todd Jackson

While you were sleeping, SpaceX launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites into space.

SpaceX tweeted the planned Tuesday evening launch was been pushed to 3:13 Thursday morning for additional time for pre-launch checks.

It's the 21st batch of satellites to be launched among the stars, which will eventually create a global internet network. In total, nearly 12,000 satellites are planned to be deployed, with a possible later extension to 42,000. 

"The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe," the Kennedy Space Center wrote.

Like previous missions, SpaceX used its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to lift the fleet into space.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported the launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission, the ANASIS-II mission, a Starlink mission, and the launch of Dragon’s 21st cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. 

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