SpaceX rocket mistaken for UFO, missile by spooked Californians

UFO sighting shocks Los Angeles residents

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off in the air, as seen from Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 22, 2017.

SpaceX Rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Many believed the plume to be an alien or UFO of some sort and reportedly, many cars stopped on freeways to take photographs and videos of this weird sight.

Jimmy Golen, a sports writer for The Associated Press in Boston who was in Southern California for the holidays, said he and other tourists saw the long, glowing contrail while touring Warner Bros. studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank.

The Los Angeles Fire Department put out an advisory saying the "mysterious lights in the sky" were from the Vandenberg launch. "It was very cool". All the satellites are reported to have been successfully deployed. This time, the rocket was allowed to plunge into the sea. The reused SpaceX rocket has carried 10 satellites into space from California, leaving behind it a trail of mystery and wonder. SpaceX plans to have all 75 satellites launched into orbit by mid-2018.

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"Team Vandenberg is excited to begin and end 2017 with Falcon 9 launches", said Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander. The array will also include the Aireon aircraft tracking and surveillance system.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk joked on Friday that his company's Falcon 9 rocket launched in Southern California was actually a "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea".

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications.

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