SpaceX launch and landing in California

Most likely this is related to the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m. "This is fantastic news", SpaceX launch commentator Tom Praderio said. "We're all very excited".

Three readers reported seeing an unusual light in the southern skies. One of those viewers was Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. "Nope, definitely not aliens", Garcetti wrote.

If the mission goes according to plan, Sunday night will mark SpaceX's first landing of this sort on the West Coast.

The Air Force is warning residents on California's central coast to be prepared for unusual sights and sounds this weekend as SpaceX attempts its first return of a rocket to launch site on the West Coast. It's landing on terra firma after successfully obtaining a license for the pad this summer.

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From the ground, Twitter users posted incredible shots of the Falcon 9 coming back to Earth.

SpaceX is launching a satellite to space Sunday - and it's going to be noisy, Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County warns.

The rocket, built by Elon Musk's SpaceX, was carrying the satellite SAOCOM 1A. The mission will also help planners and emergency-management officials keep tabs on wildfires, floods and other disasters. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B. Both spacecraft will make similar observations from orbit, which will be integrated with measurements made by a network of Italian satellites. The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Flying both satellite constellations along the same orbit supports a rapid response by providing radar readings in emergency situations. Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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