Four days after its successful launch of American NASA astronauts from American soil to the International Space Station, SpaceX had another successful Falcon 9 launch Wednesday night, sending about 60 Starlink network satellites into space at 9:25 p.m. Those satellites will enhance internet connectivity in underserved areas across the globe.
This was the eighth trip into low-Earth orbit for the Starlink constellation. SpaceX has now put 480 satellites up there; the satellites can be spotted from Earth if you know what you’re looking for.
On its fifth launch, this particular Falcon 9 rocket booster returned to Earth aboard the drone ship “Just Read the Instructions”. That fifth launch sets a SpaceX record.