Starlink 20 (Falcon 9)
11 March 2021
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Time exposure of the launch as seen from the Conn Beach boardwalk in Vero Beach.
Fast moving clouds coming off the ocean brought rain moments after this image was taken.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 3:13 a.m. on 11 March 2021.

The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously supported launch of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and a Starlink mission. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the ANASIS-II and SXM-7 missions, and the other half previously supported launch of Sentinel-6A.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed approximately eight minutes after launch on the Just Read the Instructions droneship located in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Starlink satellites will eventually form a constellation around the Earth providing global satellite-based internet access.

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