Rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off successfully

In this handout image. the NASA  German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday

When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite from California's Central Coast, both the night sky and social media lit up.

Later, SpaceX reported that the SAOCOM 1A radar satellite was placed in its proper pole-to-pole orbit. About half an hour later, the first stage booster was sent back to the base, the first time the company has landed this type of rocket on the West Coast.

"Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing", The Air Force said in a statement last Tuesday. SpaceX got in on the action themselves, sharing four photos of the dazzling light display.

Elon Musk put it a little more bluntly: "This won't be subtle", he wrote on Twitter.

Google searches for "UFO" and "Aliens" spiked as an eerie glowing cloud spread across the California night sky on Oct 7.

As The Verge noted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice.

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. The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully returned after 8 minutes of its launch from the pad.

SpaceX has always been trying to achieve ground landings on its Vandenberg facilities, which is named Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4 for short). The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.

Videos of the rocket's liftoff also drew attention. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B. Its acronym is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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