SpaceX launched 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites from California early on Monday morning (Nov. 20).
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base Monday at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT; 2:30 a.m. local California time).
It was the 15th launch and landing for this rocket's first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description. That flight resume included nine other Starlink launches as well as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a NASA mission that successfully slammed a spacecraft into an asteroid in September 2022.
And on Saturday, SpaceX launched the second-ever test flight of Starship, the giant next-generation system it's developing to help humanity set up shop on the moon and Mars. Starship flew well at first, reaching a maximum altitude of about 91 miles (148 kilometers), but the mission ended about eight minutes after liftoff with a "rapid unscheduled disassembly" — SpaceX lingo for an explosion.
Monday morning's launch was originally targeted for Sunday, but the company scrubbed the attempt after propellant loading had begun.
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