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SpaceX moon and sunrise Starlink satellite launch photos

When SpaceX launched a new Starlink fleet into orbit last week, the rocket wasn’t the only star. 

As SpaceX prepared its ground-based tracking cameras for the early-morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Florida on May 18, its operators snagged a spectacular view of the nearly full moon. Minutes later, the Falcon 9 launched 53 Starlink satellites to space from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. 

“What you’re looking at on your screen is this incredible live shot of the being beincg captured by one of our tracking cameras at the Cape,” SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson said during a live broadcast. “Now, these are the same cameras that we use to track Falcon 9 during launch, and today we’re getting a bonus view of the moon, which looks pretty incredible there on your screen.” Anderson said the view was captured with the help of a SpaceX launch engineer named John.

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A SpaceX rocket launch tracking camera captured this amazing view of the moon just ahead of the company’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 Starlink satellites from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)

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