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SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down

SpaceX has launched 60 more mini internet satellites, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 satellites for the company's Starlink broadband internet constellation stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of a Jan. 6, 2020 launch. (Im

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Monday, recycled for its fourth flight.

 As the first-stage booster flew to a vertical landing on an ocean platform, the Starlink satellites hurtled toward orbit to join 120 similar spacecraft launched last year. 

One of the new satellites is trying out a dark coating to lessen reflectivity. It's a “first step” compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead.