Timelapse of This Week’s Historic Falcon 9 Launch Shows the Booster’s Return to Earth

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This impressive compilation of over 1000 shots taken during SpaceX’s SAOCOM West Coast launch will leave you breathless.

This week, SpaceX became officially coast-to-coast when it launched Argentina’s SAOCOM-1A satellite through its West Coast landing pad. More impressively, about 8 minutes after liftoff, the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 pre-flown rocket came back to SpaceX’s Vandenberg center. 

The event took place on time and as scheduled from its 10:21 p.m. EDT launch time and marked the first time Elon Musk and his team launched and landed in California. “This is great news for everyone here at SpaceX,” Tom Praderio, a SpaceX firmware engineer, said during the launch commentary. “We’re all very excited.”

Even better, the company milestone was captured by photographer


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