A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took the scenic route, orbiting 46 Starlink satellites on Friday, July 22.
Although it was a gray day at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, Falcon 9 rocket soared rapidly above the clouds, as launch tracking camera footage captured a sweeping view of the rocket appearing to leap above. the moon.
Minutes later, the satellites were on their way to orbit aboard the rocket’s second stage as the first stage gently landed in orbit. SpaceX ‘Of course I still love you’ unmanned vessel parked in the Pacific Ocean, marking yet another successful launch for the good of the company.
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It was the fifth Stellar Link launch for July’s single mission and the company’s 32nd launch of the year, officially surpassing its 2021 record of 31 launches.
It probably won’t be long before the company turns to another venture: according to Spaceflight Now (Opens in a new tab)SpaceX is targeting another Starlink launch on Sunday, July 24, this time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX has yet to confirm the launch attempt.
Starlink is the company’s massive Internet platform, for which it has launched more than 2,800 satellites; The network already offers the service but is designed to include at least 12,000 satellites.
according to TimeAndDate.com (Opens in a new tab), the moon rose Friday over San Luis Obispo, Calif., about 80 miles north of the launch site, at 1:19 a.m. local time and set at 3:36 p.m. local time; The missile was launched at 10:39 a.m. local time.
The moon is currently 22.5% illuminated as seen from Earth, according to the website, and about a week into its full phase it is shrinking to a new moon which it will reach on Thursday (July 28).