SpaceX to launch and land Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

SpaceX					SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 ready for first Return-To-Launch-Site booster landing

SpaceX SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 ready for first Return-To-Launch-Site booster landing

It was also the first West Coast landing of an orbital class rocket booster on land, SpaceX said. "We're all very excited".

Residents across California were dumbfounded and awe-struck Sunday night as a unusual object ignited the night sky.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those trying to clear up the speculation, tweeting a photo of the launch and writing: "Nope, definitely not aliens".

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

SpaceX was also aiming to land its Falcon 9 rocket after successful deployment of the satellite. Most likely this is related to the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m.

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

"Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle" advised SpaceX founder Elon Musk on his Twitter feed on Sunday.

Scores of people across San Diego County watched - and in many cases photographed - the contrail of a Falcon 9 rocket that soared into space on Sunday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc.

Since landing its first booster back on Earth in 2015, SpaceX has fine-tuned the inspection and refurbishment process. But that's possible only when launching relatively light payloads to not-too-distant orbits; on other missions, there's not enough fuel left for the Falcon 9 first stage to maneuver all the way back to land. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

A look at Landing Zone 4, SpaceX's newest rocket landing site, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The satellite will be operated by Argentina's space agency, known as the National Commission on Space Activites or by its Spanish-language acronym, CONAE.

The mission consisted of two identical satellites, SAOCOM 1A and 1B, each of which carries an L-Band SAR polarimetric instrument. The mission's main objective is to collect soil moisture information.

Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing.

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