SpaceX to launch and land Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

The Block 5 is considered more durable than previous Falcon 9 varieties, capable of flying as many as 10 missions.

If you see something on Sunday night that looks like it came from space, it did.

The Falcon 9, now on base at California's SpaceX launch pad will take off on Sunday night at 7:21 p.m. PT, with a mission to launch an Argentinean Earth-observing satellite into orbit, and then touch back down in a new landing zone located just a quarter mile away from takeoff, Wired reported.

"Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing", an advisory from the base explained. Elon Musk's company had leased a former Titan rocket launch site in 2015 to build its own landing pad, but it it hasn't received clearance. Previous re-capture missions from Vandenberg have landed the rocket on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean, about 400 miles out to sea. This will be SpaceX's first landing attempt on the ground at Vandenberg.

The launch of the satellite, SAOCOM 1A, is being conducted for Argentina's space agency.

The first stage of this particular Falcon 9 was used on a July 25 launch that carried ten Iridium satellites.

Earlier, the launch had been planned for Saturday, but SpaceX said Wednesday it was rescheduling the launch and would use the extra time to complete pre-flight checks. There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th.

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