SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Puts on Light Show in Tonight's Sky

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

People across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, were treated to a stunning light show moving across the darkened horizon on Sunday night.

But, no need to fear.

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018.

This marked SpaceX's 30th landing of a first stage, as well as the first time a Falcon 9 rocket touched down on the West Coast.

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night came with a sonic boom warning. All previous recoveries in California used a drone ship to land boosters out at sea. Finally, dropping straight down toward Landing Zone 4, the rocket's four landing legs deployed, a single engine re-started and the booster settled to a picture-perfect touchdown in a cloud of smoke.

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SpaceX successfully launched a satellite to space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County Sunday - and then they stuck the landing. One of those viewers was Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

The rocket lifted off at about 7:21 p.m. local time, and landed about 12 minutes later after delivering its package to orbit. The mission's main objective is to gather soil moisture information. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B.

"SAOCOM-1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation, comprise the Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management (SIASGE), a partnership between CONAE and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)", SpaceX officials wrote in a mission description.

Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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