A SpaceX rocket launched, released a satellite, and landed perfectly overnight

While much of the United States was either sleeping or winding down their Saturday evening, SpaceX was keeping busy.

The aerospace company sent one of its Falcon 9 rockets skyward at around 12:30 a.m. ET in an overnight launch that ferried a hefty Sirius XM satellite, dubbed SXM-8, into Earth’s orbit. It was a smooth 125th mission for the company, also its 18th of 2021.

Live webcast of SXM-8 mission → https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK https://t.co/MesakMwAaY

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 6, 2021

It was the third successful launch and landing for the Falcon 9 rocket that did most of the (literal) heavy lifting. Unlike NASA rockets of the past, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster is built to be reusable. After ferrying its payload out of Earth’s atmosphere, built-in thrusters flipped the rocket around and reoriented it for the return trip. Read more…

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