Santa or UFO: SpaceX rocket launch lights up California sky

Santa or UFO: SpaceX rocket launch lights up California sky

LOS ANGELES, CA (WAFB) - Folks in Los Angeles caught a peek of the launch of the 18th, and final mission of the year for SpaceX Friday night.

The launch happened around 7:50 p.m. (CST) in Southern California at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

People posted their images and videos on Instagram asking if it was "Santa or UFO."

The mission sends 10 satellites into orbit using another used Falcon 9 rocket for the flight. SpaceX says this is the fourth flight for long-time customer Iridium.

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit, according to SpaceX website. 

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