SpaceX rocket lights up sky above California

24 December, 2017, 02:52 | Author: Katrina Soto
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USA private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a recycled Falcon 9 rocket and sent another 10 satellites from Iridium Communications Inc. into orbit Friday night, as it is waiting for more next year.

Vandenberg Air Force Base is more than 500 miles from Phoenix. Many believed the plume to be an alien or UFO of some sort and reportedly, many cars stopped on freeways to take photographs and videos of this weird sight.

Los Angeles Fire Department had to issue an alert explaining the "mysterious light in the sky" was the rocket launch.

Hundreds of people in Southern California called authorities in fear of what the bright, white streak and expanding "cloud" in the sky could be.

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"People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO", he said. All of the satellites were successfully deployed.

"Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed", tweeted SpaceX, which did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.

Sad news for those who wish the aliens would just visit us already, Friday's spectacle was none of those things; it was a reused rocket by Musk's SpaceX, which carried 10 satellites into space after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base around 5:30 p.m. SpaceX plans to have all 75 satellites launched into orbit by mid-2018.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites launched at about 5:30 p.m. from Vandenberg.

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