People took to social media last night, after seeing a bizarre flying object lighting up the night sky. Much of California was able to witness the glowing trail and colors of what was later to be revealed a SpaceX rocket.
According to BBC, the Elon Musk owned company launched an Argentine satellite on Sunday night at about 7:20 p.m. PST. The rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is located on the coast northwest of Los Angeles.
Nope, definitely not aliens.
What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
After the launch, the reusable booster rocket made its safe return landing about 8 minutes later. SpaceX has attracted business and public attention with their developed reusable rockets. The company has stated that this launch is reportedly the 30th successful landing of one of their booster rockets. This launch is also the first land touchdown on the West Coast, with previous landings taking place in Florida and on sea platforms.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 8, 2018
Did you see the rocket in the sky last night?
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