Watch SpaceX's first West Coast ground landing at 10:21PM ET

09 October, 2018, 17:14 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Two streaks in this long exposure photo show a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off, left, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as seen from Pismo Beach, and then its first stage returning, right, to Earth at a nearby landing pad.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site.

It will be SpaceX's first time trying to land one of its reusable rockets on the West Coast.

SpaceX launching a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite.

By that year the launch had slipped to 2014, and would continue to slip further as Falcon 9 explosions in 2015 and 2016 compounded earlier delays.

The event marked the company's first West Coast landing on dry land.

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

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was a bit more succinct in a pre-launch tweet: "Sonic boom warning". It was the 30th successful landing for SpaceX out of 62 total launches and the 12th on land.

The launch lit up the sky across San Diego and locals flooded KSWB with photos and questions about what they'd just seen overhead. Boosters are shorter-burning rocket motors/engines that are used alongside the main rockets to augment the space vehicle's takeoff thrust and payload capacity during initial stage launch.

"SAOCOM-1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation, comprise the Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management (SIASGE), a partnership between CONAE and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)", SpaceX officials wrote in a mission description.

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