SPACEX SUNSET: At 5:30 pm on Dec. 22nd, SpaceX launched a 2-stage rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base near the California coast. The result was a sunset of rare beauty. Art Brown snapped this picture from Ocean Beach near San Diego:
“This was the first time I saw a complete launch–and it was a truly impressive sight,” says Brown. “The first stage was arcing down over the Ocean Beach Pier while the second stage continued on.”
The rocket launched 10 communications satellites to low-Earth orbit, adding to the growing Iridium NEXT constellation. This is the fourth such mission that SpaceX has flown for Iridium. Moreover, the rocket used for this mission had been used before. The Falcon 9 previously flew in June for the second Iridium mission. Browse the realtime photo gallery for more images of last night’s spectacular launch.