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Watch live Thursday: SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink satellites

Update for 1 p.m. ET: SpaceX has postponed the launch of its Starlink 17 mission from Tuesday (March 2) to Thursday (March 4) due to weather. A new launch window has yet to be announced.

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A veteran SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Tuesday (March 2) at 7:53 p.m. EST (0053 March 3 GMT) and you can watch it live here, courtesy of SpaceX.

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Tuesday's Starlink mission, dubbed Starlink 17, has been delayed several times due to weather and the need for additional checks on the Falcon 9 rocket. 

This flight will mark the eighth mission for this Falcon 9's first stage, tying SpaceX's record for reusability. 

SpaceX's webcast will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff. You can watch it above or directly from SpaceX here.

Full story: A SpaceX rocket will launch a Starlink satellite fleet tonight and you can watch it live. Here's how.

From SpaceX:

SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, March 2 for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous window is at 7:53 p.m. EST, or 00:53 UTC on March 3.

The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously flew on seven missions: the Iridium-8 mission, the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on three Starlink missions, and the other half previously supported two Starlink missions.

You can watch a live webcast of this mission, which will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff, by clicking the image above.

Unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable. At a time when more people are working from home and more students are participating in virtual learning, internet connectivity is more important than ever. With Starlink, we are able to deploy quickly to areas that need it most.

In December, the Wise County Public School District in rural Virginia, where approximately 40% of teachers and students do not have internet access at home, announced it would provide some families in the area with Starlink to support remote learning. Starlink units were deployed in January and over 40 homes are now connected with high-speed internet.

If you’re interested in service, we recently started taking orders on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot in line, head over to starlink.com for more information.


'ISS Live!' Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the "ISS Live" broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

"Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During 'loss of signal' periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

"Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below." 

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  • The Exoplanets Channel
    It will be exciting!
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  • rod
    The Exoplanets Channel said:
    It will be exciting!

    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    Reply
  • Postman1
    rod said:
    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    All the more reason to build telescopes on the far side of the Moon.
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  • whatdoctor
    I have been watching space launches since 1969 and I still find them exciting.
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  • Moondaya
    for sure

    Each progress about space was and will be exciting! I wish to see days when base set up on the moon.
    Reply
  • jimmiy
    Reply
  • Castacon79
    New here so I can get the world to see if they can do something
    Reply
  • Erik
    rod said:
    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    adapt, exceed....or die... When/if teleportation appears will anyone have any concern for travel agents, common carriers or taxi/uber drivers?
    Reply
  • Dan41273
    I don't want to burst any bubbles, but the water is from earth shedding the vapor into space, and some of it collects on the moon, and throughout space......
    Reply
  • Hughjer
    Annnnnd... aborted again. Maybe tomorrow folks.
    Reply