There was a show in the sky Sunday night in Santa Barbara County that could be seen all the way in Northern California.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage booster landed back at Vandenberg Air Force Base after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space.
With the landing, SpaceX sent a first-stage booster back to the West Coast base for the first time.
Viewers from Modesto to Roseville to Granite Bay and Sacramento reported seeing the show.
The satellite is the first of two for Argentina’s space agency. It carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperture radar that will be used for emergency management and land monitoring.
— The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.