Unusual light from rocket launch visible in northern Nevada

In this image made from video provided by SpaceX a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite blasts off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday Oct. 7 2018. The

SpaceX was also aiming to land its Falcon 9 rocket after successful deployment of the satellite.

Part of it was from the recovery of the rocket's first-stage booster, which landed back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.

Perhaps even more jaw-dropping than the Iridium-4 spectacle that caused quasi-hysteria throughout much of California, Falcon 9 B1048 and its upper stage companion created an extraordinary show as the booster the booster separated, flipped 180 degrees, and began its boostback burn directly into the plume of S2's Merlin Vacuum engine. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Reveals Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Will Fly Around the Moon on the Big Falcon Rocket. Eastern during an instantaneous launch window. Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing. Previous rocket landings had taken place on the East Coast. But tonight's event marked SpaceX's first-ever land touchdown on the West Coast.

The mission consisted of two identical satellites, SAOCOM 1A and 1B, each of which carries an L-Band SAR polarimetric instrument.

If anything goes wrong during the launch and landing, there is a risk of explosion.

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SpaceX first started leasing the California landing space from the Air Force in 2015 but only recently received an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to make a return landing of this sort, Wired reports.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening. NASA and the space agencies of Europe, Italy and Canada also provided technical support.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency.

Shortly afterward SpaceX confirmed that SAOCOM 1A had been successfully deployed in record time. The satellite is one of a planned six-satellite array.

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