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SpaceX successfully launches another 53 Starlink satellites

SpaceX tonight successfully used its Falcon 9 rocket to launch another 53 Starlink satellites into orbit, lifting off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The first stage completed its eighth flight, landing successfully on a drone ship in the Pacific. As of this writing, the satellites have not yet deployed, though they are in their planned orbit.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

49 SpaceX
45 China
18 Russia
8 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads China 69 to 45 in the national rankings, though it trails the rest of the world combined 72 to 69. At 69 successful launches, the U.S. is now just one launch behind its national record of 70 set in 1966.

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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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  • Richard M

    So, on Tuesday, SpaceX will hit the big 5-0 for 2022!

    Amazing to see what a juggernaut SpaceX has become.

  • geoffc

    And with a Falcon Heavy!!! Another double land landing as well. I love watching the landings, but Falcon Heavy landings are double the pleasure, double the fun!

    Gonna be an epic year (already is) for space launch!

  • geoffc: This launch was not a Falcon Heavy. Is my link going to the wrong place?

  • geoffc: I checked. The link is good.

    I just realized what you actually meant is that the record of 70 successful launches would be broken by the Falcon Heavy launch. That will be grand indeed.

  • geoffc

    Yes, sorry, I meant that the next launch will be a Falcon Heavy on Tuesday morning (Barring any delays). And yes, you figured out what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.

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