Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California

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

The historic part of the mission will occur soon after the launch when SpaceX attempts to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg.

A Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base tonight (Oct. 7) at 10:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 p.m. local time; 0221 GMT on October 8), successfully delivering Argentina's SAOCOM-1A Earth-observation satellite to orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space.

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

SpaceX is launching a satellite to space Sunday - and it's going to be noisy, Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County warns. "Sonic booms generate a sound similar to an explosion or a clap of thunder".

The 3,500-lb. (1,600 kilograms) SAOCOM-1A satellite was developed by Argentina's national space agency, which is known by its Spanish acronym CONAE.

The mission could also create a spectacular light show visible across the Southland, depending on weather conditions. It carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperature radar that will be used for emergency management and land monitoring.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted out this picture of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's contrail, glowing in Southern California's skies after sunset. Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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