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-tracking cameras for the early morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Florida on May 18, and the operators got a spectacular view of the near-full moon. Minutes later, the Falcon 9 launched 53 Starlink satellites into space from Path 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

“What you see on your screen is this incredible live recording of the creature being captured by one of our tracking cameras at the Cape,” said SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson during a live broadcast. “These are the same cameras we use to track Falcon 9 during launch, and today we get a bonus view of the moon, which looks pretty incredible 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 before the company’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 Starlink satellites from Path 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)

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