SpaceX launches first Starlink internet satellites

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (SpaceX via YouTube)

SpaceX put its first two prototype Starlink broadband satellites into orbit along with a Spanish radar imaging satellite today.

The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came at 6:17 a.m. PT Thursday, 24 hours after strong upper-level winds forced a postponement of the first attempt.

No such issue arose during today’s trouble-free countdown, and the exhaust left behind by the rocket’s ascent made for an eerie, UFO-like picture in the skies above Southern California.

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