SpaceX conducts late-night Starlink launch

Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Coast

SpaceX launched Starlink satellites off Florida coast

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Space fans got to see a nighttime rocket launch this weekend from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday night for its ongoing Starlink project.

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The launch time was at 11:42 p.m. after an initial delay from 10:22 p.m.

Starlink is a constellation of satellites that are meant to provide internet services to people in underserved areas of the world.

Thousands of Starlink satellites are needed for the system.

The launch happened less than 48 hours before the targeted first launch of the Artemis I mission to the Moon, also at Kennedy Space Center. That launch is expected to happen Monday, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8:33 a.m.

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