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SpaceX rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base a success

SpaceX rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base a success

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg, with its contrail seen over a wide area, including Southern Arizona.

Less than 10 minutes after that, the second stage engines cutoff and the satellites are now in coast phase.

The rocket's long-awaited maiden flight, carrying SpaceX founder Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster sports vehicle as a whimsical test payload of sorts, is expected in January.

SpaceX has sent 10 more satellites into orbit for the Iridium NEXT constellation, passing the halfway point in its 75-satellite launch contract. Tonight's launch will be the fourth that SpaceX has conducted for Iridium as part of the agreement.

Israel arrests activist Ahed al-Tamimi, mother, cousin
The clip, which was filmed by someone standing farther away from the incident, went viral on various social networks on Monday. Hours ago Bassem Tamimi was arrested while attending his daughter Ahed Tamimi's arraignment in Israel's colonial court.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the rocket was scheduled to liftoff from the base at 5:27 p.m. It carried the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications.

Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the space launch commander. Moments later, the rocket was released from its firing stand to begin the climb to space.

SpaceX did not attempt to land the first-stage after the lower portion of the rocket completed its job, choosing not to reuse the booster for a third mission.


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