Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

A SpaceX rocket lit up SoCal’s skies Friday night following a launch from the Santa Barbara County coast.

The launch came out of Vandenberg Space Force Base, with the rocket soaring south along the coast with a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The agency builds and operates the United States’ fleet of spy satellites.

The first-stage rocket booster landed on a droneship at sea.

The rocket and its exhaust plume are sometimes visible for hundreds of miles as it soars along the coast, if skies are clear and dark enough. Launches after sunset and before sunrise usually provide the best views as the rocket reflects the sun’s rays against the backdrop of a darkened sky.

Susanne Strauss
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket viewed in Orange County.

Jim Parker
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket viewed from Agoura Hills.

Harold Shafer
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket seen flying across Toluca Lake.

Patti Wunderlich

Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched 96 successful missions with its Falcon rockets in 2023, eclipsing its previous annual record of 61 orbital launches in 2022.

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