First SpaceX West Coast rocket landing lights up California sky

‘This Won’t be Subtle’: SpaceX West Coast Launch to Create Large Sonic Boom

Earlier, the launch had been planned for Saturday, but SpaceX said Wednesday it was rescheduling the launch and would use the extra time to complete pre-flight checks.

Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing. The rocket's previously flown first stage then flipped around and returned to the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site, chalking up SpaceX's first West Coast landing.

In a first for the West Coast, a Falcon 9 rocket's first stage landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday evening, touching down at Landing Zone 4 just a few hundred yards from the launch pad where the mission began.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted out this picture of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's contrail, glowing in Southern California's skies after sunset.

Minutes after launch, the rocket's second stage separated from the first-stage booster and continued rising spaceward. The retro firings slowed the rocket down from supersonic speeds, setting off a sonic boom that could be heard in some areas (but not others).

Prithvi Shaw becomes Indias youngest debut century-maker
Just when it looked like Windies would crawl back to the game, Kohli and Rahane joined hands to share a 105-run stand. After losing the Test series in England , a Virat Kohli-less India won the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Watch the moment the Falcon 9's booster landed right on the button on LZ-4.

The rocket, built by Elon Musk's SpaceX, was carrying the satellite SAOCOM 1A.

SAOCOM 1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation, make up the Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management, or SIASGE.

Falcon 9 B1048 streaks into a clear California sky with SAOCOM 1A. But a successful landing would mean the company would no longer have to rely only on its drone ship for post-launch landings, according to Wired. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

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