SpaceX launches rocket over San Diego, then sticks the landing

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Overlooking the event is precisely what many California residents seem to have done, but when they spotted a bright light streaking across the evening sky, they were quick to jump on social media and ask just what the heck they were seeing.

The rocket's first - and reusable - stage landed successfully, marking the first West Coast landing for a booster.

It was the first time SpaceX landed a first-stage booster back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

Air Force officials have issued a warning that residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could potentially hear one or more sonic booms due to the launch.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 lifted off at 10:21 p.m. It was the 30th successful landing for SpaceX out of 62 total launches and the 12th on land.

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The Californian skies dazzled at night with a spectacular light show as SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched yesterday.

SpaceX had already pulled off more than two dozen first-stage landings during orbital liftoffs, with the boosters coming down on robotic "drone ships" stationed in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and on terra firma at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Since landing its first booster back on Earth in 2015, SpaceX has fine-tuned the inspection and refurbishment process. The rocket boosted an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

SAOCOM 1B is planned to launch next year.

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.