“What did I just witness?”
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday night, creating a dazzling display in the sky above Southern California, and baffling some people who had no idea what was happening.
Watch some of the reactions from the ground:
Some people were unsure what was happening. “What did I just witness,” one man asked:
What did I just witness?? pic.twitter.com/JsHfqTsxm0
— Danny United (@dannyunited) December 23, 2017
“It must be a comet.”
Comet over LA? pic.twitter.com/lUwjiMXnVR
— Jordan Maron (@CaptainSparklez) December 23, 2017
“Are we about to die?”
— Tori Chancellor (@realtoric) December 23, 2017
SpaceX launched this Falcon 9 mission from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying a collection of 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit. The payload is destined for a constellation of communications satellites owned by Iridium Communications. SpaceX conducted a similar launch for the same company in June.
Earlier on Friday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered photographic proof of a claim he made earlier this month – that he would launch his 2008 Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit in 2018. Musk, who also owns Tesla, shared a striking photo of the Roadster perched inside the carbon fibre fairing of a Falcon Heavy rocket.
“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring,” Musk wrote in his Instagram post.