Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SpaceX Launch - October 7

SpaceX Launch - October 7

The twilight launch created a spectacular sight in the night sky for spectators in Southern California, who took to Twitter to share their incredible photos.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening.

The private space exploration company launched its Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night, its 17th launch attempt of the year, as part of a joint mission to deploy the SAOCOM 1A satellite, an Argentinean earth-observation satellite.

Rocket launches are always guaranteed to make people look up to the sky in awe, but the latest SpaceX liftoff might have just raised the bar for a long time. It's the 30th successful landing of a rocket booster.

"Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle" advised SpaceX founder Elon Musk on his Twitter feed at midday Sunday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted: "Nope, definitely not aliens". (SpaceX) achieved another milestone by successfully landing its first Falcon 9 rocket back at the California base after around 8 minutes of lift-off.

Michael heading for Florida panhandle
Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency in anticipation of widespread power outages , wind damage and debris produced by high winds. Forecasters said Michael could cause a storm surge of up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) above normal sea water levels in Florida.

Shortly afterward SpaceX showed a shot of Falcon 9, successfully landed on landing zone 4.

The satellite will be operated by Argentina's space agency, known as the National Commission on Space Activites or by its Spanish-language acronym, CONAE.

The SAOCOM 1A carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperture radar, which will be used to try to monitor and predict the severity of natural disasters. The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.

The second stage continued the flight to the satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit.

Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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