SpaceX rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off successfully

Two streaks in this long exposure

A Space X Falcon 9 rocket was set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California around 7:21 p.m. The first stage returned back to the Earth base, landing about 8 minutes after its takeoff.

"We're all about creating an experience that we can remember moving forward, and create memories as a family, and this is definitely something that's gonna be ingrained forever", said mother Frankie Podrat. The company, led by Elon Musk, sells launches on used Falcon 9 first-stage boosters at a discount to the $62 million price of a launch on a new Falcon 9 rocket.

Part of a two-satellite system operated by Argentina's National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), SAOCOM 1A uses synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to monitor Earth. There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th.

It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast.

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Known as plume interaction, the phenomena has been known to produce extraordinary visual effects and the launch of SAOCOM 1A was certainly no exception.

Proving out a successful booster retrieval system at the former site of Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4W marks another step in SpaceX's drive to increase rocket reusability and as a result drive down the cost of access to space.

There have been 30 successful SpaceX booster landings in all, including the at-sea and on-land touchdowns in Florida. The mission's main objective is to gather soil moisture information. The mission will also help planners and emergency-management officials keep tabs on wildfires, floods and other disasters.

Aside from the stir it caused among the locals, the launch was a huge success for SpaceX.

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