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SpaceX launches rocket into space off California coast

Posted: 8:02 PM, Oct 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-08 13:59:29Z
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego
SpaceX rocket seen across the sky in San Diego

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.