SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Photos

Photo credit: Mayor Eric Garcetti

SpaceX has officially landed its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time in California, as it had previously done so at least 30 times, but all in Florida and on barges in the Pacific Ocean. The Falcon 9 took the Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit, launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at approximately 7pm local time on Sunday, and the booster came back to Earth safely eight minutes later. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

“The successful landing strengthens SpaceX’s bid to save money on rocket boosters and attract business. Argentina’s newest satellite will track natural disasters, agricultural conditions, and coastal erosion as it orbits Earth from 385 miles (620 km) away. The rocket was seen soaring through the sky as far away as the San Francisco area,” reports Yahoo News.