SpaceX rocket launch causes confusion, panic Friday evening

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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. "All 10 Iridium satellites have deployed right on time into the desired orbit".

Sad news for those who wish the aliens would just visit us already, Friday's spectacle was none of those things; it was a reused rocket by Musk's SpaceX, which carried 10 satellites into space after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base around 5:30 p.m. Witnesses posted their photos on social media, with many wondering if it was an unidentified flying object.

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications. SpaceX had begun tweeting about the launch from around 5.00 pm PT, according to USAToday, and the launch itself was live streamed on SpaceX's website. The base said it was the "fourth Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket".

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The SpaceX launch is the final scheduled one out of Vandenberg this year. Its first launch occurred in January, followed by the second in June and the third in October. The launch went exactly as planned.

The company designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft. Fernandez said he did not hear anything or see any glow after they seemed to disappear. The Falcon 9 booster that launched it was responsible for the mysterious-looking trail in the sky.

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