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Liftoff: SpaceX Falcon 9 Blasts Off With Starlink Satellites

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has sent another batch of Starlink satellites to orbit.

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The 12th Starlink mission took off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 8:46 a.m. ET Thursday, a few days later than originally planned.

The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying dozens of Starlink satellites for a constellation around Earth that will eventually comprise tens of thousands of satellites. The network, which will take years to complete, is intended to expand internet access to underserved areas.

​​​After the launch, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster and its two faring halves on the company’s drone ship out in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX’s first launch attempt was scheduled to go up Sunday morning, but the company stood down just over two hours before scheduled liftoff because of poor weather conditions.

WATCH AGAIN: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 takes off

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