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Up, Up And Away! Rocket Successfully Lifts Satellites Into Orbit From Central Coast

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The second stage booster on Monday night's rocket launch from the Central Coast

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries payload of 51 small satellites.

It was a spectacular sight Monday visible along much of the Central and South Coasts.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 8:55 p.m., carrying a payload of 51 small satellites into orbit. The satellites are part of a network intended to provide high speed internet access to remote areas of the planet.

A few minutes after liftoff, the reusable booster rocket successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean. It's the tenth time that this specific booster has been used for a flight, reinforcing the reliability of the Falcon 9 rockets.