SpaceX launches rocket into space off California coast

SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
Posted at 8:02 PM, Oct 07, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Did you see flashing streaks of light in the sky Sunday night? No, it was not a UFO.

SpaceX relaunched its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara, around 7:21 p.m.

The rocket is the same craft which drew the attention of San Diegans after its fourth launch in December 2017

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This time, the Falcon 9 delivered an Argentinian satellite, SAOCOM 1A, into space and then re-entered the atmosphere for a return to Vandenberg AFB.

The $600 million satellite delivered radar imagery which can help emergency responders of environmental disasters.

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Just after midnight, SpaceX said the Falcon 9 safely and successfully touched down for its first West Coast land landing.

It was the first landing attempt on the ground at Vandenberg AFB, with previous landings occurring on company-owned drone ships.