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Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center

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Sat June 24 2017, 8:17 pm
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    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into space from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history. (AP Photo)

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    The communications satellite will provide television broadcast and data communications services over southeast Europe. (AP Photo)

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    This mission marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year. (AP Photo)

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    The satellite could be also used in force majeure situations - accidents due to natural disasters - such as earthquakes, storms and floods when land-based networks are not operational. (AP Photo)

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    The satellite will be positioned into orbit at 36,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth and be operational up to 20 years. (AP Photo)

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