SpaceX launch and landing in California

Two streaks in this long exposure

SpaceX has also been experimenting with a procedure to save additional millions of dollars by retrieving the Falcon 9's fairing, or nose cone.

Three readers reported seeing an unusual light in the southern skies.

"Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing", an advisory from the base explained. Previous rocket landings had taken place on the East Coast.

The light as viewed from Four Corners in the Briceland area.

Southland residents were treated to a spectacular sight Sunday night as SpaceX launched a satellite into space and landed the rocket back to Earth on Californian soil for the first time in the company's history.

SpaceX successfully launched a satellite to space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County Sunday - and then they stuck the landing.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening.

Known as plume interaction, the phenomena has been known to produce extraordinary visual effects and the launch of SAOCOM 1A was certainly no exception. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

Argentina's domestic satellite manufacturer INVAP built the satellite with assistance from other agencies and domestic companies.

As the biggest antenna in space for a civil mission, its main goal is to gather soil moisture information. CONAE will operate the satellite as part of the Argentine-Italian System of Satellites with the Italian Space Agency, coordinating observations with Italy's four Cosmo-Skymed X-band SAR satellites.

From the ground, Twitter users posted incredible shots of the Falcon 9 coming back to Earth.

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