In a first for SpaceX in the West Coast, Falcon 9's first stage returned to the base, where it landed safely about eight minutes after takeoff.
The Californian skies dazzled at night with a spectacular light show as SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched yesterday.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast.
SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.
Known as "twilight phenomena", it occurs when launches take place on clear days shortly after sunset and are visible brightly from Los Angeles across the trajectory of the rocket.
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Videos of the rocket's liftoff also drew attention.
SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening. The rocket boosted an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit.
The lights appeared as it got dark at 1630 GMT (1930 local time) and shortly afterwards they were seen rippling across the sky.
One social media captured this stunning shot from Milpitas, Santa Clara County, California.
"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite". The spacecraft will set up shop 385 miles (620 kilometers) above Earth and scrutinize the planet using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument.