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Impressive Falcon 9 milestone proves SpaceX’s future is bright

SpaceX has reached an incredible milestone with its Falcon 9 rocket. The success bodes well for its future goals and missions.

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Liftoff! SpaceX set an incredible milestone with its Falcon 9 rocket over the weekend after it successfully flew a booster for the 10th time.

On May 9 at 2:42 a.m. Eastern time, the Falcon 9 launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission launched the 28th batch of Starlink satellites, used for SpaceX’s under-development internet service that promises high speeds and low latencies regardless of local infrastructure.

Although SpaceX’s Starlink missions have become routine, this one was anything but. The mission marked the first time the firm had successfully re-used a booster for the 10th time. Re-using the rocket is a key element of SpaceX’s goal to reduce the costs of spaceflight, but it also enables some of the firm’s more ambitious plans like more frequent flights and crewed missions to Mars.

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