San Diegans photograph Sunday night's launch of Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg

Mindy Sparks
October 8, 2018

People across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, were treated to a stunning light show moving across the darkened horizon on Sunday night.

Edhat readers share their photos of the Space X Launch that lit up local skies on Sunday evening.

But, no need to fear. The booster, meanwhile, relit its engines to maneuver itself for the return trip to SpaceX's landing zone, not far from the launch pad.

"What you're looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast". It's the 30th successful landing of a rocket booster.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off as scheduled at 7:21 p.m. PDT from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Californians from Los Angeles to Sacramento - more than 340 miles (547 kilometers) from the launch site - also posted their confusion.

SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.

SpaceX successfully launched a satellite to space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County Sunday - and then they stuck the landing.

On Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it "wouldn't be subtle".

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

SAOCOM-1A's radar measurements will track soil-moisture levels, thereby aiding forecasts of crop yields.

The satellite is the first of two from Argentina.

"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite".

SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.

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