In Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Huge EchoStar 23 Satellite

EchoStar 23 Meets Rocket Fairing


The EchoStar 23 satellite (right) is prepared for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in this prelaunch image.

Behold, EchoStar 23!

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The EchoStar 23 communications satellite is seen in this stunning view captured before its planned March 14 launch.

EchoStar 23: One Last Look

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One more look at the EchoStar 23 communications satellite as it is prepared for a March 14, 2017 launch into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Preparing EchoStar 23 for Launch

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Another look at the EchoStar 23 satellite as it is prepared for a March 2017 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

EchoStar 23 Mission Emblem


The mission emblem for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite into orbit.

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