Elon Musk’s company SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket into the evening sky on Sunday, putting on a show in the sky for residents across California. While the launch was done at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, just north of Santa Barbara, Northern California residents were still able to catch a glimpse of the rocket as well.
While some people took to social media claiming they saw a UFO, others were quick to inform them of the scheduled launch, which delivered an Argentine satellite into orbit before returning to its launch site and landing safely, all within an 8-minute span.
Here are some of the photos and videos that hit social media across NorCal:
— vic 🌙🏳️🌈 (@xoveebee) October 8, 2018
— Marco (@MarkiMora) October 8, 2018
— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) October 8, 2018
— Trish Tobin (@trishtobin) October 8, 2018
— Michael O'Herlihy (@michaeloherlihy) October 8, 2018
— Cecile Juliette KHSL (@CecileJuliette) October 8, 2018
— Lauren Martinez (@LMActionNewsNow) October 8, 2018
Of course, for people in Southern California, the show was much more visible:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2018
— Sean Parker (@seanparkerphoto) October 8, 2018
Nope, definitely not aliens.
What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
And finally, here is a video of the rocket landing, showing you just how cool science can be:
#SpaceX Engineers: and then we’re going to land it on a floating platform
Room full of journalists: did you say a floating platform?
SpaceX Engineers: yes
Room full of journalists: <silence> pic.twitter.com/L7W646MaSZ
— AstroHardin ♱ (@AstroHardin) October 3, 2018