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SpaceX launches 55 more Starlink satellites

Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX tonight successfully launched 55 Starlink satellites into orbit, lifting off from Cape Canaveral.

The first stage successfully completed its 12th flight, landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic. (These 1st stage landings have become so routine that no one at SpaceX even cheered tonight when the stage landed.) The fairing halves completed their 6th and 8th flights respectively. As of posting, the satellites had not yet been deployed.

The 2023 launch race:

10 SpaceX
5 China
2 Russia
1 Rocket Lab
1 Japan
1 India

American private enterprise now leads China 11 to 5 in the national rankings, and the entire globe combined 11 to 9.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • David M. Cook

    Yes, routine space flight is the true goal. Air traffic controllers don‘t cheer when a plane takes off or lands, they‘re too busy handling the next flight!

  • Alton

    Yes…but it was a little off-putting when I was the only one saying yes while watching the landing…..

  • Ray Van Dune

    A little OT, but I finally heard the words that every father hopes to hear from his kids: “So Dad, how do rockets really work anyway?!”

    Unfortunately, my daughter is nearly 40 years old, but way to pump up the enthusiasm, Elon!

  • Jeff Wright

    Just tell her that they are just balloons with Peter Dinklage in the tail with a flamethrower to shove them out of sight…so our air farce can have practice.

    Otherwise when you talk solids vs liquids….pressure-fed vs pump-fed…methalox vs kerolox vs hydrolox vs hypergolic…NTR vs NEP…stage-and-a-half…her eyes won’t glaze over.

  • Simon Mytton

    I think for this year a third comparison might be in order : SpaceX versus rest of world (including other US launches). They are already tied 10 all.

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