SpaceX successfully launches - and lands - rocket in Southern California

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"What you're looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast".

The Falcon 9 first stage booster landed in the center of LZ-4, SpaceX's landing pad at Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage returned to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone back at the base. People located in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties might even be able to hear a sonic boom from the launch, which could also create a "spectacular" light show, according to ABC 7.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.

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In keeping with that vision, tonight marked the second flight for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, which also helped loft 10 Iridium Next commercial communications satellites from Vandenberg on July 25.

Elon Musk on Sunday celebrated the successful launch of a rocket carrying a satellite into space days after he was forced to settle the SEC's fraud lawsuit.

Teslarati's own Pauline Acalin managed to capture a number of extraordinary photos of launch and landing with her remote cameras. The mission's main objective is to gather soil moisture information. SAOCOM 1A is operated by Argentina's Space Agency, the National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE). SpaceX tweeted to confirm the successful landing.

SAOCOM 1B is planned to launch next year. That almost identical satellite will launch in "the near future", also on a Falcon 9, according to the mission narrator for the Saocom-1A webcast.

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