Rocket launch from California seen in Arizona

Jeff Vinton
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The Falcon 9 mission launch from California was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Arizona time Thursday, but was delayed until Monday. Here’s what it looked like in Arizona.

PHOENIX — If you saw something unusual flying in the western Arizona sky on Monday night, don’t worry, it’s not an alien — it’s a planned SpaceX rocket launch.  

The launch window for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 mission opened at 7:30 p.m., and it launched 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in southern California. The launch had originally been scheduled for Thursday night but was delayed until Monday.

Marking its 15th flight of the initial stage booster backing this mission, the first stage booster rocket landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean. You can watch the entire launch below. 

What is Starlink? 

Starlink is “the world’s first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls and more,” according to the service’s website.  

The “constellation” of satellites consists of thousands of satellites that orbit Earth at an altitude of about 550 km, or 341 3/4 miles.   

The satellites connect to antennas that users set up at their home to provide internet access.  

What the SpaceX launch looked like in Arizona 

Viewers from around Arizona have been posting their photos and videos of the launch on social media. Here’s a look at some of them. 

Thank you SpaceX for the show tonight in Arizona!


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12News viewer Misti in Peoria sent in this video: 

12News viewer Misti in Peoria sent in this video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on April 1, 2024.
Credit: Misti

12News viewer Scott Bennighof sent in this video from Avondale: 

12News viewer Scott  Bennighof from Avondale sent in this video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch as it looked in the skies over Avondale, Arizona.
Credit: Scott Bennighof

And 12News viewer Diedre Pierce sent in this video of the launch from Glendale: 

12News viewer Diedre Pierce sent in this video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch as seen from Glendale on April 1, 2024.
Credit: Deidre Pierce

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