SpaceX launched 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites early Friday (Aug. 11) and landed the returning rocket on a ship at sea.
The Falcon 9's first stage came back to Earth as planned, landing at sea on the SpaceX drone ship Just Read the Instructions about 8.5 minutes after launch.
It was the ninth launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.
The Falcon 9's upper stage, meanwhile, continued hauling the 22 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, where they will be deployed about 65 minutes after liftoff.
Friday morning's launch was part of a very busy 15-hour spaceflight stretch. On Thursday morning (Aug. 10), Virgin Galactic launched its second-ever commercial mission, sending three private passengers — including the first mother-daughter duo and the first former Olympian — to suborbital space.
And at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT) on Thursday, Russia launched the Luna-25 lander, its first moon mission since 1976.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. EDT on Aug. 10 with the new target launch time of 12:27 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, then again at midnight when the new time of 1:17 a.m. EDT, then again at 1:30 a.m. EDT with news of successful launch and rocket landing.