Last Sunday, not only California, but the whole world was dazzled by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch. SpaceX on Sunday night successfully launched a commercial satellite for Argentina. The rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. As the rocket soared, the engine burns left a trail of glowing colours, illuminating the skies in its path.
The engine burns trail left people throughout the Golden State bewitched. The twilight plume had an otherworldly feel, so some observers made a point of stressing the cloud’s Earthly origin. The launch marked the first time that SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast. It has happened before on the East Coast when they were not given permission to build the gigantic launch pads.
People around the area compared it to the glow of Aurora Borealis while others thought they spotted a UFO. Well, this statement is completely justified considering the illuminated sky. Watch the video below if you haven’t already:
The purpose of the launch was to send up the SAOCOM 1A for the Argentinean space program. The radar on the satellite will help the government analyze and track natural disasters. This would result in taking safety measures. Moreover, the satellite can also monitor the moisture content in the soil in order to help farmers to maximize their yield.
Social Media was naturally left wowed by the beautiful sight that they witnessed.
— Sean Parker (@seanparkerphoto) October 8, 2018
“Nope, definitely not aliens. What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Sunday night.
Nope, definitely not aliens.
What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
An Instagram user and photographer Emeric blessed us with this beautiful time-lapse video.
Currently SpaceX is valued at $28 billion and is growing by the day. It is the third most successful American start-up after Uber and Airbnb. CEO and founder, Elon Musk has also repeatedly discussed about his plan to ferry people to Mars.
By Abhishek Aggarwal