SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites on its second spaceflight in one day

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 23 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from Florida tonight (October 21) in the company’s second mission of the day.

The Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Saturday at 10:17 PM EDT (0217 GMT on October 22).

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage is shown on the deck of the company’s “A Shortfall of Gravitas” drone after its return to Earth following the launch of 23 Starlink satellites on Saturday, October 21, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX (via X.com))

The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to Earth for a vertical landing tonight, landing about 8.5 minutes after launch aboard the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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