SpaceX launch and landing in California

Two streaks in this long exposure

But a successful landing would mean the company would no longer have to rely only on its drone ship for post-launch landings, according to Wired.

This was SpaceX's first land landing attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Once again, the light is from a SpaceX launch. "We're all very excited".

A bright light could be seen over the southern sky in northern Nevada on Sunday night, and it came courtesy of SpaceX.

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

The SpaceX mission, masterminded by billionaire Elon Musk, marks the 62nd flight of the Falcon 9, a rocket created to land back on Earth so it can be used again.

The mission got underway at 7:21:28 p.m. PDT (GMT-7; 10:21 p.m. EDT), a bit less than an hour after sunset, when the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited, throttled up to full thrust and quickly pushed the 229-foot-tall rocket away from Launch Complex 4-East.

Elon Musk's SpaceX company has successfully launched a satellite into space from California - wowing social media users in the process. But tonight's event marked SpaceX's first-ever land touchdown on the West Coast. The satellite is one of a planned six-satellite array.

Both the launch and landing took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SAOCOM-1A's radar measurements will track soil-moisture levels, thereby aiding forecasts of crop yields. The mission will also help planners and emergency-management officials keep tabs on wildfires, floods and other disasters.

Falcon 9 B1048 streaks into a clear California sky with SAOCOM 1A. Both spacecraft will make similar observations from orbit, which will be integrated with measurements made by a network of Italian satellites.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency. Its acronym is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.



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