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Unusual light from rocket launch visible in northern Nevada

Unusual light from rocket launch visible in northern Nevada

(SpaceX) achieved another milestone by successfully landing its first Falcon 9 rocket back at the California base after around 8 minutes of lift-off.

Southern California residents are being warned to expect a large sonic boom Sunday evening as SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, then attempts its first-ever landing on the West Coast, according to the company and military officials.

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker's debut is most watched launch for 10 years
No TARDIS, no sonic screwdriver, just her trying to figure out how to stop an alien race from "hunting" a human being as a target. In its new Sunday evening slot on BBC One , " Doctor Who " generated an average of 8.2 million viewers, and a peak of 9 million.

The 30th Space Wing says residents may see multiple engine burns by the first stage and there may be one or more sonic booms. The primary goal of the flight was to boost Argentina's SAOCOM 1A satellite into an orbit around Earth's poles, the first of two orbital radar stations capable of "seeing" through clouds and at night to measure soil moisture, a key indicator of crop yields, droughts and floods.

Booms from the Falcon 9 booster's re-entry into the atmosphere were predicted to shake the Pacific Coast as far southeast as Ventura County, but officials said the noise pattern can not be accurately predicted given varying upper-atmospheric weather patterns. CONAE will operate the satellite as part of the Argentine-Italian System of Satellites with the Italian Space Agency, coordinating observations with Italy's four Cosmo-Skymed X-band SAR satellites.

Melania Trump raises eyebrows in Africa with another white hat
First Lady Melania Trump was nearly knocked down by a baby elephant on Friday while on safari in Nairobi National Park in Kenya . In footage captured on video, Melania could be seen approaching the animal to give it a pat, when it unexpectedly shoved her.

Shortly afterward SpaceX confirmed that SAOCOM 1A had been successfully deployed in record time. All previous recoveries in California used a drone ship to land boosters out at sea. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Reveals Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Will Fly Around the Moon on the Big Falcon Rocket. The mission's main goal is to collect soil moisture information.

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

Gillum suspends campaign activity amid Florida tropical storm threat
Satellite wind data indicated the depression had strengthened Sunday morning with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour . The Hurricane Center predicts unsafe surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

The satellite's twin, SAOCOM-1B, will also launch on a Falcon 9; its liftoff is targeted for next year.


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