The primary goal of the flight was to boost Argentina's SAOCOM 1A satellite into an orbit around Earth's poles, the first of two orbital radar stations capable of "seeing" through clouds and at night to measure soil moisture, a key indicator of crop yields, droughts and floods.
It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast.
The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m., lighting up the overcast sky before placing an Argentinian SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit.
SpaceX used the same first stage for the Saocom-1A mission that launched 10 satellites for Iridium about 10-and-a-half weeks ago, also from Vandenberg.
The descent was heralded in dramatic fashion by loud sonic booms that rumbled across Southern California as the rocket homed in on its landing pad.
Then a secondary challenge: SpaceX will try to land the first stage of their rocket back at a landing zone.
Proving out a successful booster retrieval system on the West Coast marks another step in SpaceX's drive to increase rocket reusability and as a result drive down the cost of access to space. The instantaneous launch opportunity is on Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT, or Monday, October 8 at 2:21 UTC, and the satellite will be deployed about 12 minutes after launch.
Air Force officials have issued a warning that residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could potentially hear one or more sonic booms due to the launch. It has previously made such landings on drone ships in the ocean. The booster, meanwhile, relit its engines to maneuver itself for the return trip to SpaceX's landing zone, not far from the launch pad.
Saocom-1A has an L-band payload created to study soil moisture for agriculture, disaster monitoring and scientific research.
As The Vergenoted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice.
At 2-0 at half-time, with all the dynamic of the man-hunting, I think they behaved amazingly well for the team. Geordie legend Keegan is adored in the North East after his spells with the club as both a player and manager.
The 11PM update from the National Hurricane Center shows little change in the forecast path for Potential Tropical Cyclone 14. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
The previous high was 15.64 trillion won (13.8 billion USA dollars) tallied in the first quarter of this year. Sales for the third quarter were 65 trillion won, matching the average projection compiled by Bloomberg.
The First Lady has been criticised for choosing to wear a pith hat while on safari in Kenya, after its connections to colonialism. Mrs Trump left Washington on Monday and began her trip in Ghana and then headed to Malawi.
An Institute for Supply Management survey published this week showed robust employment gains in the services sector in September. Investors have grown concerned about higher interest rates and the impact they might have on the economy and the stock market.
While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty. Lisa Murkowski , a moderate from Alaska , voted against advancing Kavanaugh in Friday morning's procedural vote.
Two of them have returned to the group after injury: Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah and Tottenham's Harry Winks. But the England manager has always been ready to call on youth and would have selected Sancho anyway.
On Wednesday, the 33-year-old issued a strong denial over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in the United States in 2009. In a lengthy interview with DER SPIEGEL , Mayorga outlined the violence she said Ronaldo committed against her.
And according to The Mirror , Mourinho will pay the price with his job. These players look like they're really struggling for confidence".
Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says
French police had opened an investigation into Meng's disappearance last week, according to a source close to the inquiry. Earlier Interpol had indicated Meng's disappearance was "for the relevant authorities in France and China" to deal with.
Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In as 114th Supreme Court Justice
Ford testified before Congress, detailing a house party where Kavanaugh groped her and covered her mouth when they were teenagers. Protesters began swarming Capitol Hill, creating a tense, confrontational atmosphere that put Capitol Police on edge.
RBI rate-setting panel begins three-day meet
The rupee opened lower at 73.26 and weakened further to quote at 73.34 a dollar against its previous closing of 72.91 on Monday. Investors remained concerned over sustained foreign capital outflows and soaring crude oil prices , analysts said.
France raises questions over disappearance of Interpol chief
China has not commented officially on Meng's disappearance and there was no mention of him in official media on Saturday. Meng Hongwei's disappearance seems to fit in with a now familiar pattern among China's senior Communist Party officials.
Kavanaugh's college roommate: He was lying
Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the misconduct allegations against him.
Astronomers Find First Alien Moon: Its Big And Gaseous
This was first observed through the Kepler telescope and then confirmed by the Hubble telescope on October 28th and 29, 2017. They chose to look at exoplanets with the widest orbits, or those that take about 30 days to circle their stars.
Senate set to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Saturday
She added: "We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting as it may be". Asked if she believed Christine Blasey Ford , who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault , Trump responded "I will move on that".