SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch From the California Coast

The Falcon 9 rocket will carry 46 more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit.

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A SpaceX rocket launch from the California coast was scrubbed again Wednesday, delaying the Starlink satellite mission to Thursday.

The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to lift off at 6:40 a.m. California time from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara. The countdown stopped at 16 seconds before mission control said the launch was scrubbed for a second day.

SpaceX will try again Thursday. The rocket will carry 46 Starlink internet satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The launch window will again open at 6:40 a.m. Thursday. Launches closer to sunrise and sunset offer more spectacular viewing with a dark sky in the background and a sunlit rocket. Sunrise Thursday is scheduled for 6:08 a.m., so the sky will be illuminated.

You can watch the launch here.

After separation, the first-stage booster will land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX has a Starlink constellation of satellites orbiting Earth about 340 miles up, shuttled into space by the Hawthorne-based company's rockets. The Starlink network is designed to deliver high-speed internet anywhere around the globe.

 If light conditions are right, the satellites appear in a train as they parade across the night sky. The satellites are sometimes visible in the first few minutes after sundown and before sunrise when the sun is below the horizon, but the satellites are high enough to reflect direct sunlight.

Use the FindStarlink tracker to find the best upcoming viewing times.

The launch comes nearly a week after SpaceX's giant Starship rocket blasted off on its first test flight from the southern tip of Texas. The plan was to send the spacecraft around the world, but the rocket began to spin out and then exploded four minutes into the flight.

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