Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site

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What was that bright light in the California sky earlier tonight?

The reusable booster assembly makes the use of rockets more affordable for a wide range of customers across the globe.

"During the landing attempt, residents from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear one or more sonic booms", according to the advisory.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast. The rocket plume is expected to be illuminated by the sun after the launch at 7:21 p.m. Sunday.

Now it's the second stage which burned its single Merlin engine for 10 minutes before executing deployment.

SpaceX launched and landed the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday night - making it the first successful landing of an orbital class rocket booster on West Coast land.

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

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into orbit and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. Elon Musk's company had leased a former Titan rocket launch site in 2015 to build its own landing pad, but it it hasn't received clearance. It carries carries a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar to be used for emergency management and land monitoring, The Associated Press reported.

As the biggest antenna in space for a civil mission, its main goal is to gather soil moisture information.

Videos of the rocket's liftoff also drew attention. It will also-in partnership with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation-assist with rapid response during natural disasters.

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

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