Alien arrival? Asteroid attack? — SpaceX launch dazzles

  • [photos by Jeff Zimmerman]

    [photos by Jeff Zimmerman]

By Patric Hedlund, TME with Jeff Zimmerman, Neenach

Perhaps you were prepared… I wasn’t.

Driving west on Mil Potrero Highway, at 7:22 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7, passing through the mountains, I saw a flame, and thought Mount Pinos was ablaze.

Coming around a curve, I caught a clear view of a huge light struggling upward into the stars, streaming fire. Suddenly it…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

The Falcon 9 rocket (right, above) carried an Argentine weather satellite into space, then the two-stage booster burst apart. The satellite continued into orbit and the rocket returned to land at Vandenberg on solid ground.

Right: The launch was at 7:21 p.m. Sunday, through the twilight.

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This is part of the October 12, 2018 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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