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On Saturday night Southern Californians responded to the launch of SpaceX’s Rocket 9 with wonder, confusion and some speculation over aliens.
SpaceX launched Falcon 9 from the Vandenberg air Force Base in Vandenberg AFB, California. The launch was planned for 5:27 p.m. PT, according to TechCrunch. The goal of the mission was to send 10 satellites into low Earth orbit for satellite communications company Iridium Satellite Communications. The launch is SpaceX’s 18th this year.
At first some Twitter users were concerned that the sight was extraterrestrials, but by 5:50 p.m. #SpaceX was trending on Twitter.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk responded to the reactions, tweeting video of the rocket in the sky with the joking caption “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”
View some of the images taken by social media users below.
What is this in the sky? pic.twitter.com/pjcp2MlH4v
— will.i.am (@iamwill) December 23, 2017
JUST IN: Vandenberg AFB launches rocket to put satellite into orbit. pic.twitter.com/M7PeDv2TNs
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) December 23, 2017
— marisa (@PsychoMarisa) December 23, 2017
— Hunter Hill (@h2balla) December 23, 2017
— Venice 311 (@Venice311) December 23, 2017
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