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SpaceX marks 100th mission Falcon 9 launch of more Starlink satellites

A Falcon 9 first stage booster saw its sixth flight and landing during Tuesday's launch, a first for SpaceX
Credit: AP Photo/John Raoux
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — SpaceX, no stranger to history-making moments, made a couple more Tuesday morning in Florida.

Weather conditions were at 80 percent "GO" ahead of the successful launch of a reusable Falcon 9. The rocket launched at 10:31 a.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The launch was a Starlink mission using a Falcon 9 rocket carrying another 58 broadband internet satellites. The mission also included three of Planet's SkySats.

You can watch the launch coverage again here.

The first stage booster of this Falcon 9 previously flew on five other missions for SpaceX, including three other Starlink launches. Tuesday's successful launch made history for SpaceX as the first time a first stage booster was reused for the sixth time.

Tuesday's launch also marked an important milestone for SpaceX -- its 100th mission.

While 2020 has been a year to remember (or forget) for many, but for SpaceX, it's been a year of triumphs and history-making moments. Most recently, the company marked a successful 150-meter "hop" of its Starship prototype, a spaceship SpaceX is developing to ferry people to the Moon and Mars.

The company also celebrated the successful splashdown of two NASA astronauts aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule following the historic launch in May from Kennedy Space Center.

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