Rocket debris lights up skies over the Pacific Northwest
In this image taken from video provided by Roman Puzhlyakov, debris from a SpaceX rocket lights up the sky behind clouds over Vancouver, Wash. Thursday evening, March 25, 2021. The remnants of the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket left comet-like trails as they burned up upon re-entry in the Earth's atmosphere according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. SEATTLE – Burning debris from a rocket lit up Pacific Northwest skies Thursday night, the National Weather Service in Seattle said. The rocket delivered Starlink satellites, built in Redmond, Washington, into orbit earlier this week, the Times reported. SpaceX said Wednesday that the Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth and landed as planned on its ocean-going barge off the coast of Florida.
WATCH IT AGAIN: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX early Wednesday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, sending another batch of 60 internet-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit. The pre-dawn launch took place at 4:28 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base Launch Complex 40, marking the 22nd mission SpaceX has dedicated to its space-based internet satellite constellation. Earlier this month, SpaceX landed a booster for the ninth time, breaking its own re-use record. SpaceX has more than 1,200 satellites in low-Earth orbit and plans to continue launching Starlink spacecraft every few weeks. AdDeployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/Xcbrq66Mez — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 24, 2021“Society depends on space-based capabilities for global communications, navigation, weather forecasting and much more,” acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk said.