San Diegans catch a glimpse of Mars rocket launch from SoCal

San Diegans catch a glimpse of Mars rocket launch from SoCal
Posted at 1:59 PM, May 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-05 17:23:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Despite the early morning wake-up call, San Diegans still got out to catch NASA's first interplanetary rocket launch from the West Coast.

San Diegans unfazed by the 4 a.m. start time broke out their cameras and looked up to the sky to catch the Atlas 5 rocket take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just north.

Some users took to Instagram, others to our 10News Weather Watchers Facebook page. Either way, photographers were happy to get out of bed and watch as the rocket soared through the morning sky.

Here's a look at the view from the lens' of our local photographers:

There was a slight worry over fog clouding the view for San Diegans, but clearly, those worries evaporated once the launch was given the all-clear.

Atlas 5 and the InSight rocket are set to arrive at Mars on Nov. 26, 2018, around 12 p.m. Yup, NASA is that exact about the time.

For two years, the InSight mission's lander and two satellites will research how the planet's terrain is formed, seismic activity, and how meteorites have affected the surface.

If you happened to miss the launch of Atlas 5, we streamed it early Saturday morning on our 10News Facebook page: