SpaceX rocket brightens skies over Phoenix area, sparks curiosity, awe

SpaceX					SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 ready for first Return-To-Launch-Site booster landing

Overlooking the event is precisely what many California residents seem to have done, but when they spotted a bright light streaking across the evening sky, they were quick to jump on social media and ask just what the heck they were seeing.

In fact, according to Google trends, quite a lot of people in the tri-state area in California, New Mexico, and Arizona were concerned about ET making an appearance Sunday night.

But, no need to fear.

SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launched advanced rockets and spacecrafts.

It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast.

Elon Musk on Sunday celebrated the successful launch of a rocket carrying a satellite into space days after he was forced to settle the SEC's fraud lawsuit.

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Dawn Sturgess , 44, died in June after being exposed to the same weapons-grade nerve agent after it was apparently discarded. A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said they would not comment on "speculation regarding their identities".

U.S. Air Force officials warned residents of multiple counties across the Golden State earlier this week that they might hear "one or more sonic booms" during the landing attempt.

"Falcon 9 is the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight", notes the SpaceX website.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those trying to clear up the speculation, tweeting a photo of the launch and writing: "Nope, definitely not aliens". SpaceX has several other missions planned for this year, including the Falcon 9 launches of another 10 Iridium Next satellites, Es'hailSat's Es'hail-2, and the U.S. Air Force's first GPS-3 satellite.

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

The rocket deployed Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit approximately 12 minutes after its launch.

That almost identical satellite will launch in "the near future", also on a Falcon 9, according to the mission narrator for the Saocom-1A webcast. Its acronym is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.



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