Weird light in Arizona sky is from SpaceX launch

Weird light in Arizona sky is from SpaceX launch

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.

The 30th Space Wing said in a news release Tuesday that Central Coast residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday night carrying an Argentine satellite sparked some confusion on social media about a bright light traveling across the Southern California sky. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

It will be SpaceX's first time trying to land one of its reusable rockets on the West Coast. It will mark the first time the innovative company has attempted a ground landing at Vandenberg.

The Air Force warned area residents to expect unfamiliar sonic booms.

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First Lady Melania Trump (L) and the first lady of Malawi Gertrude Maseko walk at the State House in Lilongwe , on October 4. She walked up a pathway holding hands with two children and then began to sashay to the beat as she approached the building.

SpaceX has also been experimenting with a procedure to save additional millions of dollars by retrieving the Falcon 9's fairing, or nose cone.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency, Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, and will work in conjunction with a constellation of Italian space agency satellites.

As The Verge noted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice. The spacecraft will set up shop 385 miles (620 kilometers) above Earth and scrutinize the planet using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument.

Two minutes later, the second stage engine shut down as planned and two-and-a-half minutes after that, the SAOCOM 1A satellite was released into the planned polar orbit. Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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