What was that thing in the sky above L.A., the traffic stopped on Friday night and both alarm and curiosity sprang up?
What was that light in the sky? Was it SpaceX Falcon 9 launch?
ooh! It was a rocket
The Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX was started at 5:27 from the Vandenburg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara, taking 10 satellites in the low-earth orbit. The satellite will be part of the constellation powered by Iridium Communications. After deployment of approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes after liftoff, all 10 satellites were successfully deployed.
The first stage of the rocket was used during a mission in June.
Officials warned that this launch can be seen in Southern California and beyond. But on the first day of the holiday weekend, there was something to see the light streaks against the blue sky.
Many people pulled their cars to take pictures of photos and scenes.
The Los Angeles Fire Department told an adviser that the “mysterious light in the sky” was from the launch of Vandenburg.
Jimmy Golen, a sports writer for the Associated Press in Boston, who was in Southern California for the holidays, said that he and other tourists visited the Warner Brothers studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank to see a long, shiny contract.
“People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO,” he said. “It was very cool.”
This rocket took the Iridium satellites into the orbit in June. At that time, the first stage landed on a temporary platform in the Pacific Ocean. This time, the rocket was allowed to land in the sea.
This was the 18th and final launch of 2017 for SpaceX, which has contracted to replace Iridium’s systems with 75 updated satellites. SpaceX has made four launches and is expected to make much more to complete the job by mid-2018.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk also joined in the fun, tweeting: “It was definitely aliens.”
It was definitely aliens
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017
This just appeared in the night sky above Los Angeles. What the hell is it? pic.twitter.com/pB6JePY0dz
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We’ll leave you with this photo taken by Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY’s own tech guru.