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The most breathtaking photos from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing

SpaceX successfully launched a satellite into space on the back of one of their reusable rockets in California this week, marking its first West Coast rocket launch and landing.

Yes, a reusable rocket. Is there anything that can’t be reused now?

The rocket flew under the name of Falcon 9 and was the hunk of very expensive metal that escorted an Argentinian satellite into orbit.

Falcon 9 launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles at around 7:21pm local time before the rocket-launcher-bit (highly scientific, yes) returned to the air base eight minutes later, safe and sound.

SpaceX confirmed they have now seen 30 successful booster landings – from platforms out at sea, and on land in Florida.

Argentina’s satellite will apparently be keeping an eye on natural disasters and soil-moisture levels to help forecast crop yields… all from 620km above the surface of the Earth.

In other fun Musk news – aside from getting sued for calling a British cave diver “pedo guy” – it was recently revealed that Japanese billionaire and online fashionista Yusaku Maezawa will be the first passenger on a planned SpaceX trip to the moon.

Of course this is reliant on the rocket being successfully made. Musk did caution: “It’s not 100% certain we can bring this to flight.”

But back to the Falcon 9 launch and what you’re all here to see. Some very excited Californians took to social media to post some incredible photos of the launch, seen from their homes:

The launch was even visible from Arizona:

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