SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit

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SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites from Florida into orbit on Saturday

A Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:19 am EST and deployed satellites approximately 16 minutes after launch.

Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.

Earlier this week, SpaceX launched four astronauts on the International Space Station, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years.

It took 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to reach the glittering outpost.

The astronauts were thrilled when they first spotted the space station 32 kilometers away, calling it “quite a glorious sight”.

Three astronauts welcomed the crew instead of the seven favorites.

That’s because SpaceX brought back four of them on Monday, after the launch of their replacements continued to experience delays.

The new crew will spend the next six months at the space station and will host two groups of visiting tourists during that time.

Russia will launch the first group in December and SpaceX the second in February.

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