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SpaceX rocket launch causes social media stir in Southern California

SpaceX rocket launch causes social media stir in Southern California”

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site.

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Falcon's first stage will then fly back to Vandenberg and set down in a landing zone on the coastal base. People located in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties might even be able to hear a sonic boom from the launch, which could also create a "spectacular" light show, according to ABC 7.

SpaceX said it will launch a satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg.

SpaceX has previously landed first stage rockets on land after Florida launches but has not done so on the West Coast. It will mark the first time the innovative company has attempted a ground landing at Vandenberg.

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Land landings aren't threatened by storms like ocean landings are, and they also allow SpaceX to refurbish the boosters faster, as they don't need to be recovered from sea.

Viewers took to social media to speculate on the rocket, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Two minutes later, the second stage engine shut down as planned and two-and-a-half minutes after that, the SAOCOM 1A satellite was released into the planned polar orbit.

"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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