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LUCKNOW: While some residents of Gopalpur village in Maal block of Malihabad were awestruck after watching a string of lights in the sky, others were terrified believing it to be mystic power or souls departing earth and started offering prayers from their rooftops on Monday night.
However neither were souls’ departures or unidentified aerial phenomena, but it was a Starlink-51 satellite train.
Speaking to TOI over phone from Gopalpur, Mohit Kumar Verma (26) who along with other villagers such Arvind Kumar captured visuals of the satellite train said, “At around 7:40 pm we spotted the string of lights in the sky, following which there was a sense of excitement and terror among the villagers.”
Similar visuals were captured in Hardoi, Kannauj and Kanpur as well.
On Sunday that is September 4, Elon Musk owned SpaceX sent a space tug aloft along with another big batch of its Starlink internet satellites.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on the east coast of Florida, carrying 51 Starlink internet satellites to orbit.
SpaceX has already sent more than 3,000 Starlink satellites into orbit, in an effort to create a huge constellation for broadband service targeted for remote areas. SpaceX has launched more than 25 Starlink-centric missions in 2022 already.
The September 4 launch was SpaceX’s 40th of the year and continued to add to the Starlink mega constellation.
SpaceX has approval to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites and has asked an international regulator to give the thumbs-up to an additional 30,000.
In late August, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced plans to beam connectivity directly to smartphones using Starlink, in conjunction with T-Mobile.

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