If you follow anyone on social media who are in the LA area you probably saw some ghostly images of the most recent SpaceX mission. You can watch the full launch video above. From Spacex.com
On Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.
Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was SpaceX’s first land landing on the West Coast. LZ-4 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 4W, from which Titan rockets were previously launched.
It happened again: SpaceX launched a rocket from the coast of California at dusk on Sunday, and the atmospheric conditions created a stunning visual display. Social media lit up in response, as people across Los Angeles took in the rocket’s glowing plume, which was visible from hundreds of miles away.
The U.S. Air Force released sonic boom warnings to California residents ahead of the launch, as this was also the first time SpaceX landed its rocket back near the West Coast launch site. On its return a few minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket created a sonic boom that could be heard in several California counties.
Despite the advance warnings, Angelenos took to social media to speculate over the glowing cloud that appeared above the city.
I just nearly had a heart attack watching the SpaceX rocket separate from its booster right above the LA skyline pic.twitter.com/rr55BMx1eh
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