Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX's latest rocket launch dazzles in California's night sky

SpaceX's latest rocket launch dazzles in California's night sky

Edhat readers share their photos of the Space X Launch that lit up local skies on Sunday evening.

But, no need to fear.

Not yet officially on the schedule, SpaceX's next Vandenberg launch is expected to be Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A rideshare mission, carrying around 70 individual satellites of varying masses.

Not only did they deliver the satellite - fulfilling a contract the company had to deploy the spacecraft for Argentina's space agency - but the Falcon 9 performed its first landing on the West Coast.

Two streaks in this long exposure photo show a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off, left, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as seen from Pismo Beach, and then its first stage returning, right, to Earth at a nearby landing pad.

The primary goal of Sunday's mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also successfully sent a first stage booster back to the base for the first time. It was SpaceX's first landing on the west coast and its 30th first stage landing overall.

Air Force officials have issued a warning that residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could potentially hear one or more sonic booms due to the launch.

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"Nope, definitely not aliens, "Garcetti wrote on Twitter as he posted an wonderful photo".

On Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it "wouldn't be subtle".

It took off at 7:21pm Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base (160 miles north of Los Angeles) and returned safely to base about 10 minutes later.

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018. The rocket will carry the Argentinian SOACOM 1A radar mapping satellite.

SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.

"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite".

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