SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing a success

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida

A bright light could be seen over the southern sky in northern Nevada on Sunday night, and it came courtesy of SpaceX.

"During the landing attempt, residents from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear one or more sonic booms", according to the advisory.

While SpaceX CEO Elon Musk couldn't help but post a photo of the event, the public took some equally impressive shots.

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It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast.

To put the satellite into the intended polar orbit, the Falcon 9 quickly arced away to the south over the Pacific Ocean, smoothly accelerating as it consumed its liquid oxygen and kerosene propellants and lost weight. "The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth".

The Californian skies dazzled at night with a spectacular light show as SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched yesterday. After cancelling out a velocity of roughly 2 kilometers per second in the wrong direction, B1048 dropped nearly straight down from a peak altitude of ~50 km to the landing zone, punctuated by a reentry burn used to protect the rocket from the brunt of atmospheric reentry heating.

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SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast. The rocket will carry the Argentinian SOACOM 1A radar mapping satellite.

The mission launched Argentina's newest Earth-observing satellite, SAOCOMM-1A, which will be used to track natural disasters like floods, wildfires, and oil spills from a low-earth orbit of 385 miles (620km).

Minutes after launch, the rocket's second stage separated from the first-stage booster and continued rising spaceward.

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SAOCOM 1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation, make up the Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management, or SIASGE.

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