De Falcon 9 bracht een satelliet van Argentinië in een baan om de aarde.
Residents described the expanding nebula, containing two active rocket stages and multiple shock waves as "exciting," "heart-stopping," "riveting," and "like an alien invasion!"
But this was no alien, SpaceX said. All the technology came from the Earth labs of SpaceX, which launched the rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.
"It was a Falcon 9 rocket launch," says Behyar Bakhshandeh, who photographed the exhaust hovering in the sky above Carlsbad, CA.
Falcon has landed pic.twitter.com/joqphUs1AO— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 8 oktober 2018
The booster put on a spectacular show as it descended tail first, deploying four legs and firing up one of its nine engines to slow for touchdown in a cloud of fiery exhaust.
This marked SpaceX’s 30th landing of a first stage, as well as the first time a Falcon 9 rocket touched down on the West Coast.